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"charter" in British English

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charternoun

uk   /ˈtʃɑː.tər/  us   /ˈtʃɑːr.t̬ɚ/
  • charter noun (OFFICIAL PAPER)

[C] a ​formalstatement of the ​rights of a country's ​people, or of an ​organization or a ​particularsocialgroup, that is ​agreed by or ​demanded from a ​ruler or ​government: a charter of ​rights Education is one of the ​basichumanrights written into the United Nations Charter. The ​government has ​produced a Citizen's/Parents'/Patients' Charter.
  • charter noun (RENT)

[U] the ​renting of a ​vehicle: boats for charter a charter flight a ​major charter operator

charterverb [T]

uk   /ˈtʃɑː.tər/  us   /ˈtʃɑːr.t̬ɚ/
  • charter verb [T] (RENT)

to ​rent a ​vehicle, ​especially an ​aircraft, for a ​special use and not as ​part of a ​regularservice: They've chartered a ​plane to take ​delegates to the ​conference.
  • charter verb [T] (OFFICIAL START)

to ​officiallystart a new ​organization by giving it a charter: Cambridge University Press was chartered in 1534.
(Definition of charter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"charter" in American English

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charternoun [C]

 us   /ˈtʃɑr·t̬ər/
  • charter noun [C] (DOCUMENT)

a ​formalstatement, esp. by a ​government or ​ruler, of the ​rights of a ​grouporganized for some ​purpose: The ​UnitedNations charter sets ​forthgoals we all ​admire.
  • charter noun [C] (RENT)

an ​act of renting a ​vehicle for a ​special use, esp. by a ​group of ​people: Charters with ​lowfares have ​attracted new ​airlinepassengers.

charterverb [T]

 us   /ˈtʃɑrt̬·ər/
  • charter verb [T] (RENT)

to ​rent a ​vehicle for a ​special use: He ​wanted to charter an ​airplane.
(Definition of charter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"charter" in Business English

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charternoun

uk   us   /ˈtʃɑːtər/
[C] GOVERNMENT, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY a ​formalstatement of the ​rights of a country's ​people, or a particular ​socialgroup, which is ​agreed by or ​demanded from a ​government, etc.: Education is one of the basic ​humanrights written into the United Nations Charter.
[C] a ​statement of the ​aims and ​values of an ​organization, etc.: The city charter and ​statelawrequire the city to ​enact a ​balancedbudget before April 1.
[C] LAW in the US, an ​officialdocument that ​shows that a ​company has been ​formedlegally and that ​controls how it ​operates: Commercial ​banks with a ​national charter are ​supervised by the ​Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
[U] TRANSPORT the ​renting of a ​plane or ​ship: a charter ​flight a ​major charter ​operator

charterverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈtʃɑːtər/
TRANSPORT to ​rent a ​plane or ​ship, for a ​special use and not as ​part of a ​regularservice: The ​company chartered a ​plane to take ​executives to the ​conference.
LAW to ​start a new ​organization by giving it an ​official charter: The Second Bank of the United ​States was chartered in 1816.
(Definition of charter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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