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English definition of “charter”

charter

noun     /ˈtʃɑːtər/
[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
→ See also bareboat charter, citizen's charter, time charter, voyage charter
(Definition of charter noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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