Definition of “charter” - English Dictionary

“charter” in British English

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charternoun

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 has produced a Citizen's/Parents'/Patients' Charter.

charterverb [ T ]

uk /ˈtʃɑː.tər/ us /ˈtʃɑːr.t̬ɚ/

(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 formal statement, esp. by a government or ruler, of the rights of a group organized for some purpose:

The United Nations charter sets forth goals 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 low fares have attracted new airline passengers.

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 /ˈtʃɑːtər/ us

[ C ] GOVERNMENT, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY a formal statement of the rights of a country's people, or a particular social group, which is agreed by or demanded from a government, etc.:

Education is one of the basic human rights written into the United Nations Charter.

[ C ] a statement of the aims and values of an organization, etc.:

The city charter and state law require the city to enact a balanced budget before April 1.

[ C ] LAW in the US, an official document that shows that a company has been formed legally 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 /ˈtʃɑːtər/ us

TRANSPORT to rent a plane or ship, for a special use and not as part of a regular service:

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)