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charge meaning

[ tʃɑ:dʒ ] Pronunciation:   "charge" in a sentence
  • Verb: charge  chaa(r)j
    1. To make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
      "he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork"
      -
    Noun: charge  chaa(r)j
    1. An impetuous rush toward someone or something
      "the wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary"; "the battle began with a cavalry charge" 
    2. (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offence
      "he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
      - complaint 
    3. The price charged for some article or service
      "the admission charge" 
    4. 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"
      - electric charge 
    5. Attention and management implying responsibility for safety
      - care, tutelage, guardianship 
    6. A special assignment that is given to a person or group
      "his charge was to deliver a message"
      - mission, commission 
    7. A person committed to your care
      "the teacher led her charges across the street" 
    8. Financial liabilities (such as a tax)
      "the charges against the estate" 
    9. (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object
      "Freud thought of cathexis as a psychic analog of an electrical charge"
      - cathexis 
    10. The swift release of a store of affective force
      - bang, boot, rush, flush, thrill, kick 
    11. Request for payment of a debt
      "they submitted their charges at the end of each month"
      - billing 
    12. A formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
      "the judge's charge to the jury"
      - commission, direction 
    13. An assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence
      "the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving"
      - accusation 
    14. Heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
      - bearing, heraldic bearing, armorial bearing 
    15. A quantity of explosive to be set off at one time
      "this cartridge has a powder charge of 50 grains"
      - burster, bursting charge, explosive charge

    Derived forms: charging, charged, charges

    See also: charger

    Type of: account, accuse, aim, alter, ascribe, asking, assertion, asseveration, assign, assignment, attack, attribute, averment, belt along, bid, bidding, bucket along, calculate, cannonball along, change, claim, command, commit, confide, cost, criminate, debit, dependant, dependent, determine, dictation, direct, disturb, duty assignment, electrical phenomenon, entrust, excitement, exhilaration, explosive, fill, fill up, furnish, hasten, heraldry, hie [archaic], hotfoot, impeach, impregnate, impute, incriminate, instruct, intrust, liabilities, libidinal energy, lie, lie down, make full, modify, onrush, onset, onslaught, paint, pay, pelt along, pleading, protection, provide, race, render, request, require, rush, rush along, saturate, set, speed, step on it, supply, take, take aim, train, transfer, trouble, trust, upset

    Antonym: discharge, pay cash

    Part of: bill of indictment, indictment

    Encyclopedia: Charge


  • [American slang]
    control of someone or something; the responsibility for caring for someone or something. (Typically: take ~; have ~; give someone ~.)
      How long have you had charge of this office?
       He took charge of the entire company.

  • [Architecture]

    The quantity of refrigerant in a refrigeration system.


  • [Business]
    AmE / noun, verb

    noun

    ACCRUED CHARGE, BANK CHARGE, CARRYING CHARGE, CERTIFICATE OF CHARGE, COVER CHARGE, EXIT CHARGE, FINANCE CHARGE, FLOATING CHARGE, LANDING CHARGE, RESTRUCTURING CHARGE, REVERSE-CHARGE, SALES CHARGE, SERVICE CHARGE, SOCIAL CHARGE, TERMINATION CHARGE

    1 [C,U]

    the amount of money that sb asks for goods or services; the amount of money that you pay regularly for a service:

    bank/interest/telephone charges

    a charge of $50

    a $50 charge

    They are going to introduce charges for special deliveries.

    There's no charge for the service.

    You can download the software free of charge (= without paying for it).

    They are offering unlimited weekend and evening phone calls for a fixed charge of $25 a month.

    FEE See note at PRICE

    ❖ to impose/introduce/levy/make/waive a charge (for sth)

    ◆ an additional/ a fixed charge

    2 (Accounting ) [C]

    a large cost that a company has to pay, which affects its financial results

    : (BrE) a one-off charge

    ◆ (AmE) a one-time charge

    The company said it would take (= pay) a $280 million charge to cover two new acquisitions.

    The group booked (= recorded in its financial books) a $13.5 million charge in anticipation of higher than expected costs.

    an exceptional/one-off/a special charge

    3 (Law ) [C,U]

    a formal claim that sb has committed a crime or done sth wrong:

    No criminal charges will be brought against the company directors.

    After a few hours, she was released without charge.

    The manager has rejected the charge of favouritism.

    ❖ to bring/file/lay/press charges (against sb)

    ◆ to admit/deny a charge/the charges

    4 [U]

    responsibility for a group of people, a job or a task:

    Nokia's vice-president in charge of Internet security products

    The profits have improved sharply since she took charge as chief executive.

    Who's in charge here?

    He's been put in overall charge of the new sales division. See note at RESPONSIBILITY

    CHARGE ON ASSETS

    verb

    1 [+ obj or no obj] charge (sb) (for sth) | charge (sb) sth (for sth)

    to require payment for goods or services:

    They have begun to charge for access to their website.

    We charge a 1% commission for changing traveller's cheques.

    Do you charge on an hourly basis?

    They charge clients a monthly fee of $25.

    The regulator imposes limits on the price charged to customers.

    OVERCHARGE, UNDERCHARGE

    2 [+ obj]

    to record the cost of sth as an amount that sb has to pay:

    The subscription price will be charged to your account annually.

    ◆ (AmE) Can I charge it (= pay by credit card)?

    3 (Accounting ) [+ obj]

    to record that a cost belongs to a particular financial account:

    The interest is charged to the profit and loss account.

    SYN DEBIT

    4 (Law ) [+ obj]

    to accuse sb formally of committing a crime or doing sth wrong:

    The committee charged her with professional misconduct.

    NOTE In the US, indict is used instead of charge for a serious crime.

    5 (formal) [+ obj] (usually be charged with sth)

    to give sb a job or a task:

    The team has been charged with developing new computer applications.


  • [Economics]
    1) A legal or equitable interest in land, securing the payment of money. It gives the creditor in whose favour the charge is created (the chargee) the right to payment from the income or proceeds of sale of the land charged, in priority to claims against the debtor by unsecured creditors.

    2) An interest in company property created in favour of a creditor (e.g. as a debenture holder) to secure the amount owing. Most charges must be registered by the Registrar of Companies (see also register of charges). A fixed charge (or specific charge) is attached to a specific item of property (e.g. land); a floating charge is created in respect of circulating assets (e.g. cash, stock in trade), to which it will not attach until crystallization, i.e. until some event (e.g. winding-up) causes it to become fixed. Before crystallization, unsecured debts can be paid out of the assets charged. After, the charge is treated as a fixed charge and therefore unsecured debts (except those given preference under the Companies Acts) rank after those secured by the charge (see also fraudulent preference). A charge can also be created upon shares. For example, the articles of association usually give the company a lien in respect of unpaid calls, and company members may, in order to secure a debt owed to a third party, charge their shares, either by a full transfer of shares coupled with an agreement to retransfer upon repayment of the debt or by a deposit of the share certificate.


  • [Electronics]
    1. A
    quantity of electricity associated with a space, particle, or body.
    2. To electrify a space, particle, or body (i.e., to give an electric charge).
    3. To store electricity, as in a storage battery or capacitor. Compare DISCHARGE.

  • [Law]
    n. 1. A formal accusation of a crime, usually made by the police after interrogation. See alsoINDICTMENT.
    2. Instructions given by a Judge to Jury.
    3. A legal or equitable interest in land, securing the payment of money. It gives the creditor in whose favour the charge is created (the chargee) the nght to payment from the income or proceeds of sale of the land charged, in priority to claims against the debtor by unsecured creditors. Under the of .Property Act 1925 the only valid legal charges are:
    (1) a rentcharge payable immediately and for a period or in perpetuity;
    (2)a charge by way of legal mortgage; and
    (3)certain charges arising under statute (e.g.under the Charging Orders Act 1979). All others take effect as equitable interests. All mortgages and charges over registered land must be registered to be enforceable against purchases of the land; both legal mortgages and equitable charges over unregistered land must be registered as land charges unless the mortgagee or chargee holds the title deeds as security REGISTRATION OF ENCUMBRANCES).
    4. An interest in company property created m favour of a creditor (e.g.as a debenture holder) to secure the amount owing. Most charges must be registered at the Companies Registry. A charge is attached to specific assets (e.g. premises, plant and machinery) and while in force prevents the company from dealing freely with those assets without the consent of the lender. A floating charge does not immediately attach to any assets but 'floats' over all the company's assets until crystallization. Until this point the IS free to deal freely with such assets; this type of charge is SUItablefor circulating assets (e.g.cash, stock in trade), whose values must necessarily fluctuate. In the of the company not paying the debt the creditor can secure the in accordance with the terms of the charge. If the company goes into liquidation (see WINDING-UP) the order for repayment of debts laid down under the Insolvency Act 1986 is that fixed-charge holders are paid before floating-charge holders. A can also be created upon shares. For example, the articles of association give the company a lien in respect of unpaid calls, and company may, in order to secure a debt owed to a third party, charge their shares, either by a fuJI transfer of shares coupled with an agreement to retransfer upon repayment of the debt or by a deposit of the share certificate.

  • [Medicine]
    Amounts charged to the patient as payer for health care services. vt charged; charg·ing : to give an electric charge to
    n
    1 : a plaster or ointment used on a domestic animal
    2 : a definite quantity of electricity; esp : an excess or deficiency of electrons in a body
    3 : CATHEXIS 2

  • [Computer]
    <electronics> (CCD) A semiconductor technology used to build light-sensitive electronic devices such as cameras and image scanners. CCDs can be made to detect either colour or black-and-white. Each CCD chip consists of an array of light-sensitive photocells. The photocell is sensitised by giving it an electrical charge prior to exposure.

Examples

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  1. children under five years of age are not charged.
  2. they could n't make the charges stick.
  3. the hole is drilled, the charge is set up.
  4. i charge you not to forget what i have said ..
  5. proton and neutron form a charge doublet.

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