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charge

verb uk   /tʃɑːdʒ/ us    /tʃɑːrdʒ/

charge verb (MONEY)

B1 [T or I] to ask an amount of money for something, especially a service or activity: How much/What do you charge for a haircut and blow-dry? The bank charged commission to change my traveller's cheques. [+ two objects] They charge you $20 just to get in the nightclub. The local museum doesn't charge for admission.Bills and invoices charge sth to your account If you charge something you have bought to your account, the amount you have spent is recorded and you pay for it at a later time: Charge the bill to my account, please. Shall we we charge the flowers to your account?Paying and spending money

charge verb (ACCUSE FORMALLY)

B2 [T] (of the police) to make a formal statement saying that someone is accused of a crime: She's been charged with murder. She is charged with murdering her husband.Blaming and accusingArresting and charging formal to publicly accuse someone of doing something bad: The paper charged her with using the company's money for her own purposes.Blaming and accusing

charge verb (MOVE FORWARD)

B2 [I or T] to move forward quickly and violently, especially towards something that has caused difficulty or anger: The bull lowered its horns and charged. The violence began when the police charged (at) a crowd of demonstrators.Moving quicklyAttacking and invading [I + adv/prep] informal to hurry from one place to another: I've been charging about/around all day and I'm exhausted. He came charging up the stairs to tell me the good news.Moving quickly

charge verb (EXPLOSIVE)

[T] to put enough explosive into a gun to fire it onceGuns

charge verb (ORDER)

[T often passive] formal to order someone to do something: He was charged with taking care of the premises.Giving orders and commands [T] US specialized law When a judge charges a jury, he or she explains the details of the law to them.Judges and juries

charge verb (SUPPLY ENERGY)

B2 [I or T] to put electricity into an electrical device such as a battery: She drove the car round the block to charge (up) its batteries. It's not working - I don't think the battery is charging.Electricity and electronics

charge

noun uk   /tʃɑːdʒ/ us    /tʃɑːrdʒ/

charge noun (MONEY)

B1 [C or U] the amount of money that you have to pay for something, especially for an activity or service: Is there a charge for children or do they go free? There's an admission charge of £5. They fixed my watch free of charge.Costs and expenses

charge noun (FORMAL ACCUSATION)

C1 [C] specialized law a formal police statement saying that someone is accused of a crime: The 19-year-old will be appearing in court on Thursday where she will face criminal charges. He has been arrested on a charge of murder. The police brought a charge of theft against him. The police have had to drop (= stop) charges against her because they couldn't find any evidence. He claimed he had been arrested on a trumped-up (= false) charge.Blaming and accusingArresting and charging [C] formal the act of accusing someone of something bad: [+ that] The president responded angrily to the charge that she had lost touch with her country's people. Her refusal to condemn the violence laid/left her open to the charge of positive support for the campaign (= allowed people to say that she supported it).Blaming and accusing

charge noun (CONTROL)

in charge B1 being the person who has control of or is responsible for someone or something: Who will be in charge of the department when Sophie leaves? I left Jack in charge of the suitcases while I went to get the tickets.Duty, obligation and responsibility B2 [U] responsibility for controlling or caring for something: Her ex-husband has charge of the children during the week and she has them at the weekend. His boss asked him to take charge of the office for a few days while she was away.Duty, obligation and responsibility [C] old-fashioned a person, especially a child, who is in your care and who you are responsible forDuty, obligation and responsibility

charge noun (EXPLOSIVE)

[C] the amount of explosive to be fired at one time, or the bullet or other explosive object shot from a gunBombs and missiles

charge noun (MOVE FORWARD)

[C] an attack in which people or animals suddenly run forwards: a charge of buffalo/elephants a police chargeMoving quicklyAttacking and invading

charge noun (ORDER)

[C] formal an order to do somethingInstructions and orders

charge noun (SUPPLY ENERGY)

[C usually singular] the amount of electricity that an electrical device stores or that a substance carriesElectricity and electronics on charge UK If something is on charge, you are putting an amount of electricity into it: Is it all right to leave/put the battery on charge overnight?Electricity and electronics
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