Meaning of “charge” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun uk us /tʃɑːdʒ/
MONEY [ C, U ]

B1 the amount of money that you have to pay for something, especially for an activity or a service:

bank charges
There's no charge for children under 14.
He repaired the computer free of charge (= it did not cost anything).
be in charge

B1 to be the person who has control of or is responsible for someone or something:

She's in charge of a team of 20 people.
Who's in charge of organizing the music for the party?
take charge

B2 to take control of or make yourself responsible for something:

I was happy to let her take charge of paying all the bills.

B2 a formal police statement saying that someone is accused of a crime:

to bring/press charges
She was arrested on charges of theft and forgery.

a statement that accuses someone of something:

This is a serious charge to make against your colleagues.

the amount of electricity that an electrical device has in it or that a substance has in it

reverse the charges UK (US call collect)

to make a telephone call that is paid for by the person who receives it

→ See also service charge

(Definition of “charge noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)