charge Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"charge" in British English

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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 ​localmuseum 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 ​latertime, ​according to an ​agreement between a ​business and the ​customer: Charge the ​bill to my ​account, ​please. Shall we charge the ​flowers to ​youraccount?
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charge verb (ACCUSE FORMALLY)

B2 [T] (of the ​police) to make a ​formalstatement saying that someone is ​accused of a ​crime: She's been charged withmurder. She is charged withmurdering her ​husband. formal to ​publiclyaccuse 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 ​moveforwardquickly and ​violently, ​especially towards something that has ​causeddifficulty or ​anger: The ​bulllowereditshorns and charged. The ​violencebegan 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 takingcare 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 ​electricaldevice such as a battery: She ​drove the ​car round the ​block to charge (up)itsbatteries. It's not ​working - I don't ​think the ​battery is charging.


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 forchildren 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 ​formalpolicestatement 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 ofmurder. 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 ​presidentrespondedangrily to the charge that she had ​losttouch with her country's ​people. Her ​refusal to ​condemn the ​violence laid/​left heropen to the charge ofpositivesupport for the ​campaign (= ​allowedpeople 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 ​bossasked 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 ​yourcare 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 ​explosiveobjectshot from a ​gun

charge noun (MOVE FORWARD)

[C] an ​attack in which ​people or ​animalssuddenlyrunforward: a charge ofbuffalo/​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 ​electricaldevicestores or that a ​substancecarrieson 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?
(Definition of charge from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"charge" in American English

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 us   /tʃɑrdʒ/

charge verb (ASK FOR MONEY)

[I/T] to ​ask for a ​price for something: [T] I ​think they charge too much for ​footballtickets.

charge verb (OWE)

[T] to ​buy something and ​agree to ​pay for it ​later: I didn’t have any ​cash, so I charged the ​food.

charge verb (ACCUSE)

[T] to ​accuse someone of something, esp. to ​officiallyaccuse someone of a ​crime: He was charged with ​resistingarrest.

charge verb (MOVE FORWARD)

[I/T] to move ​forwardquickly, esp. to ​attack: [T] When the ​batter was ​hit with the ​pitch, he ​dropped his ​bat and charged the ​pitcher.

charge verb (STORE ENERGY)

[I/T] to put ​electricalenergy into a ​storagedevice such as a battery : [I] It ​takes several ​hours for my laptop’s ​batteries to charge.

charge verb (INSTRUCT)

[T] law to ​instruct (the ​peopledeciding a ​legalcase) what the ​law is in a ​particularcase: The ​judge charged the ​jury before ​deliberationsbegan.


 us   /tʃɑrdʒ/

charge noun (CONTROL)

[U] responsibility for the ​control of something or the ​care of someone: Marilyn ​agreed to take charge of ​fundraising.

charge noun (EXPLOSIVE)

[C] the ​amount of ​explosive to be ​fired at one ​time

charge noun (STORAGE OF ENERGY)

[C/U] chemistry, physics the ​amount of ​electricity that an ​electricaldevicestores or ​carries [C/U] chemistry, physics A ​positive or ​negativeelectrical charge is a ​basiccharacteristic of ​matter.
(Definition of charge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"charge" in Business English

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uk   us   /tʃɑːdʒ/
[I or T] COMMERCE, FINANCE to ​ask for a particular ​amount of ​money for something, especially a ​service or ​activity: charge (sb) sth for sth How much will you charge us for ​shipping and ​handling? They charged $200 for ​insurance.charge (sb) for sth We do not charge you for this ​service.charge a price/fee, etc. He considered that the ​price they were charging was ​fair. The ​bank charges a ​commission to ​withdrawmoney from a ​foreignATM.
[T] to ​pay for something by ​creditcard: I don't have any ​cash - I'll charge it.
charge sth to sb's account if you charge something to someone's ​account , the ​amount they have ​spent is ​recorded and they ​pay for it at a later ​time: Charge the ​bill to my ​account, please.
[T] ACCOUNTING to ​record something as a ​cost in a ​financialaccount: charge sth to sth The ​depreciation is charged to the ​profit and ​lossaccount.
[T] LAW to make a ​formalstatement saying that someone is ​accused of a ​crime: charge sb with sth The ​propertydeveloper was charged with ​fraud.
[T] to ​publiclyaccuse someone of having done something ​bad: charge sb with sth The ​newspaper charged him with ​misleading the ​public about the seriousness of the ​situation.
[T, often passive] to ​ask someone to do a particular ​job: be charged with sth The ​committee has been charged with ​developing a new ​fundingformula.
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uk   us   /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 ​specifiedperiod, 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 ​financialaccounts: take a charge for sth The ​company expects to take a charge for various ​expensesrelating to the ​acquisition. Depreciation is ​treated as a charge in the ​profit and ​lossaccount.
[C] LAW, PROPERTY →  charge on assets : a ​mortgage, or other charge against the ​property
[C] LAW a ​formalstatementaccusing 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 ​travelarrangements.
take charge (of sth) to take ​control of something or of a ​group of ​people: His ​bossasked him to take charge of the ​office for a few days while she was away.
(Definition of charge from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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