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charter

noun uk   /ˈtʃɑː.tər/  us   /ˈtʃɑːr.t̬ɚ/

charter noun (OFFICIAL PAPER)

[C] a formal statement of the rights of a country's people, or of an organization or a particular social group, that is agreed by or demanded from a ruler or government: a charter of rights Education is one of the basic human rights written into the United Nations Charter. The government have 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

charter

verb [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 regular service: They've chartered a plane to take delegates to the conference.

charter verb [T] (OFFICIAL START)

to officially start a new organization by giving it a charter: Cambridge University Press was chartered in 1534.
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