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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.charge sth to sb's account to record an amount that a customer has spent for them to pay at a later time, according to an agreement between a business and the customer: Charge the bill to my account, please. Shall we charge the flowers to your account?
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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. formal to publicly accuse someone of doing something bad: The paper charged her with using the company's money for her own purposes.
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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. [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.
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charge verb (EXPLOSIVE)

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

charge verb (ORDER)

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

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.


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.
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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. [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).
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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.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. [C] old-fashioned a person, especially a child, who is in your care and who you are responsible for

charge noun (EXPLOSIVE)

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

charge noun (MOVE FORWARD)

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

charge noun (ORDER)

[C] formal an order to do something

charge noun (SUPPLY ENERGY)

[C usually singular] the amount of electricity that an electrical device stores or that a substance carrieson 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?
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