1: (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; "he was arrested on a charge of larceny" [syn: complaint]
2: the price charged for some article or service; "the admission charge"
3: an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence; "the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving" [syn: accusation]
4: request for payment of a debt; "they submitted their charges at the end of each month" [syn: billing]
5: a impetuous rush toward someone or something; "the wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary"; "the battle began with a cavalry charge"
6: the quantity of unbalanced electricity in a body (either positive or negative) and construed as an excess or deficiency of electrons; "the battery needed a fresh charge" [syn: electric charge]
7: financial liabilities (such as a tax); "the charges against the estate"
8: a person committed to your care; "the teacher led her charges across the street"
9: attention and management implying responsibility for safety; "he is in the care of a bodyguard" [syn: care, tutelage, guardianship]
10: a special assignment that is given to a person or group; "a confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a message" [syn: mission, commission]
11: a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; "the judge's charge to the jury" [syn: commission, direction]
12: a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time; "this cartridge has a powder charge of 50 grains" [syn: burster, bursting charge, explosive charge]
13: the swift release of a store of affective force; "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks" [syn: bang, boot, rush, flush, thrill, kick]
14: (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object; "Freud thought of cathexis as a psychic analog of an electrical charge" [syn: cathexis]
15: heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield [syn: bearing, heraldic bearing, armorial bearing]
1: to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle; "he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork" [syn: bear down]
2: blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged me director with indifference" [syn: accuse]
3: demand payment; "Will I get charged for this service?"; "We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights" [syn: bill]
4: move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office" [syn: tear, shoot, shoot down, buck]
5: assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to; "He was appointed deputy manager"; "She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance" [syn: appoint]
6: file a formal charge against; "The suspect was charged with murdering his wife" [syn: lodge, file]
7: make an accusatory claim; "The defense attorney charged that the jurors were biased"
8: fill or load to capacity; "charge the wagon with hay" [ant: discharge]
9: enter a certain amount as a charge; "he charged me $15"
10: cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution; "After the second episode, she had to be committed"; "he was committed to prison" [syn: commit, institutionalize, institutionalise, send]
11: give over to another for care or safekeeping; "consign your baggage" [syn: consign]
12: pay with a credit card; pay with plastic money; postpone payment by recording a purchase as a debt; "Will you pay cash or charge the purchase?" [ant: pay cash]
13: lie down on command, of hunting dogs
14: cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks" [syn: agitate, rouse, turn on, commove, excite, charge up] [ant: calm]
15: place a heraldic bearing on; "charge all weapons, shields, and banners"
16: provide with munition; "He loaded his gun carefully" [syn: load]
17: direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me" [syn: level, point]
18: impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend" [syn: saddle, burden]
19: instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence
20: instruct or command with authority; "The teacher charged the children to memorize the poem"
21: attribute responsibility to; "We blamed the accident on her"; "The tragedy was charged to her inexperience" [syn: blame]
22: set or ask for a certain price; "How much do you charge for lunch?"; "This fellow charges $100 for a massage"
23: cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on; "charge a conductor"
24: energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge; "I need to charge my car battery"
25: saturate; "The room was charged with tension and anxiety"
Adjacent words: Charcot | Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease | charcuterie | chard | chard plant | Chardonnay | chardonnay grape | charge | charge account | charge account credit | charge card | charge d'affaires | charge of quarters | charge per unit | charge plate | charge sheet