Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “charge”


noun (CONTROL)    /tʃɑːdʒ/ US  /tʃɑːrdʒ/
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
(Definition of charge noun (CONTROL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of charge

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Duty, obligation and responsibility, but you might be interested in these topics from the Causing and forcing topic area:

Definitions of “charge” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More