charge Definition

  • 1to ask an amount of money for something, especially a service or activity
  • 2to accuse someone formally of a crime so that there can be a trial in court
  • 3to give someone the responsibility of doing something

Using charge: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "charge" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The restaurant charged us $10 for the meal.

  • Example

    He was charged with murder and put on trial.

  • Example

    I charge you with the task of organizing the event.

charge Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for charge

Idioms Using charge

  • with a fully charged battery or energy level


    Make sure your phone is at full charge before you leave the house.

  • charge ahead

    to move forward quickly and confidently


    Despite the obstacles, she charged ahead with her plan.

  • to put a purchase on a credit card or account to be paid later


    I'll charge it and pay the bill at the end of the month.

Phrases with charge

  • to have a purchase paid for by one's employer or business


    I'll charge this business trip to the company.

  • having control or authority over something or someone


    She is in charge of the marketing department.

  • to take control of a situation


    She took charge of the meeting and made sure everyone stayed on topic.

Origins of charge

from Old French 'chargier', from Latin 'carricare', meaning 'to load'


Summary: charge in Brief

The verb 'charge' [tʃɑːdʒ] has several meanings. It can mean to ask for payment, as in 'The restaurant charged us $10 for the meal.' It can also mean to accuse someone of a crime, as in 'He was charged with murder and put on trial.' Additionally, it can mean to give someone responsibility, as in 'I charge you with the task of organizing the event.' Phrases include 'charge it to the company,' 'in charge,' and 'take charge.'

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