1. (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense;"he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
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"
4. request for payment of a debt;"they submitted their charges at the end of each month"
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"
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"
10. a special assignment that is given to a person or group;"a confidential mission to London""his charge was deliver a message"
11. a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something;"the judge's charge to the jury"
12. a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time;"this cartridge has a powder charge of 50 grains"
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"
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"
15. heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
1. to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle;"he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork"
2. blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against;"he charged me director with indifference"
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"
4. move quickly and violently;"The car tore down the street""He came charging into my office"
5. assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to;"He was appointed deputy manager""She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance"
6. file a formal charge against;"The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"
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"
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"
11. give over to another for care or safekeeping;"consign your baggage"
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?"
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"
15. place a heraldic bearing on;"charge all weapons, shields, and banners"
16. provide with munition;"He loaded his gun carefully"
17. direct into a position for use;"point a gun""He charged his weapon at me"
18. impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to;"He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
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"
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"