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charge

verb  us   /tʃɑrdʒ/

charge verb (ASK FOR MONEY)

[I/T] to ask for a price for something: [T] I think they charge too much for football tickets.

charge verb (OWE)

[T] to buy something and agree to pay for it later: I didn’t have any cash, so I charged the food.

charge verb (ACCUSE)

[T] to accuse someone of something, esp. to officially accuse someone of a crime: He was charged with resisting arrest.

charge verb (MOVE FORWARD)

[I/T] to move forward quickly, esp. to attack: [T] When the batter was hit with the pitch, he dropped his bat and charged the pitcher.

charge verb (STORE ENERGY)

[I/T] to put electrical energy into a storage device such as a battery : [I] It takes several hours for my laptop’s batteries to charge.

charge verb (INSTRUCT)

[T] law to instruct (the people deciding a legal case) what the law is in a particular case: The judge charged the jury before deliberations began.

charge

noun  us   /tʃɑrdʒ/

charge noun (CONTROL)

[U] responsibility for the control of something or the care of someone: Marilyn agreed to take charge of fundraising.

charge noun (EXPLOSIVE)

[C] the amount of explosive to be fired at one time

charge noun (STORAGE OF ENERGY)

[C/U] chemistry, physics the amount of electricity that an electrical device stores or carries [C/U] chemistry, physics A positive or negative electrical charge is a basic characteristic of matter.
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