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charge

noun (FORMAL ACCUSATION)    /tʃɑːdʒ/ US  /tʃɑːrdʒ/
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
(Definition of charge noun (FORMAL ACCUSATION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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