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charge

noun
 
 
/tʃɑːdʒ/
[C or U] COMMERCE, FINANCE the amount of money that you have to pay for something, especially for a service: make/impose/incur a charge If you fail to cancel the booking within the specified period, you will incur a charge.charge for sb/sth Is there a charge for children or do they go free?small/nominal charge We make a nominal charge for this service.high charges Small investors are put off by the high charges for this sort of account There will be a one-off charge of £30. Interest charges on an overdraft are usually quite high. We will deliver to your home free of charge.
[C] ACCOUNTING a cost that is recorded in a company's financial accounts: take a charge for sth The company expects to take a charge for various expenses relating to the acquisition. Depreciation is treated as a charge in the profit and loss account.
[C] LAW, PROPERTY →  charge on assets: a mortgage, or other charge against the property
[C] LAW a formal statement accusing someone of committing a crime: bring a charge against sb Charges were brought against the UK company under the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act.on a charge of sth She was arrested on a charge of fraud. criminal charges He was taken into custody but released without charge.
[C] a statement that someone has done something bad: He responded angrily to the charge that he had not acted in the best interests of the company.
in charge in control of or responsible for someone or something: Who will be in charge of the department when Sophie leaves? From now on, Steve is in charge.leave sb in charge (of sth) He was on vacation and had left his deputy in charge.put sb in charge (of sth) I put Jack in charge of making the travel arrangements.
take charge (of sth) to take control of something or of a group of people: His boss asked him to take charge of the office for a few days while she was away.
→ See also accrued charge, bank charge, capital charge, carrying charge, certificate of charge, cover charge, exit charge, finance charge, fixed charge, floating charge, handling charge, landing charge, management charge, restructuring charge, reverse-charge, sales charge, service charge, social charges, termination charge
(Definition of charge noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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