Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “charge”

See all translations

charge

verb  /tʃɑrdʒ/ us  

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  /tʃɑrdʒ/ us  

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.
(Definition of charge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of charge?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “charge” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

punt

a long, narrow boat with a flat bottom and a square area at each end, moved by a person standing on one of the square areas and pushing a long pole against the bottom of the river

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More