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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun charge:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb charge:


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The word charge is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun charge

What does charge mean as a name of something?

Charge is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: charges

  1. an impetuous rush toward someone or something
    • examples: the wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary | the battle began with a cavalry charge
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: attack / onrush / onset / onslaught = an offensive against an enemy
    • more specific word: countercharge = a retaliatory charge
  2. (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense
    • example: he was arrested on a charge of larceny
    • domain: criminal law
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of charge: complaint
    • more generic word: pleading = a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding
    • more specific words: accusation / accusal = a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person
    • part of: bill of indictment / indictment = a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense
  3. the price charged for some article or service
    • example: the admission charge
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic word: cost = the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor
    • more specific terms:
  4. the quantity of unbalanced electricity in a body (either positive or negative) and construed as an excess or deficiency of electrons
  5. attention and management implying responsibility for safety
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of charge: care / guardianship / tutelage
    • more generic word: protection = the activity of protecting someone or something
    • more specific terms:
      • reasonable care / ordinary care / due care = the care that a reasonable man would exercise under the circumstances
      • foster care = supervised care for delinquent or neglected children usually in an institution or substitute home
      • great care = more attention and consideration than is normally bestowed by prudent persons
      • providence = the guardianship and control exercised by a deity
      • slight care = such care as a careless or inattentive person would exercise
  6. a special assignment that is given to a person or group
  7. a person committed to your care
    • example: the teacher led her charges across the street
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: dependant / dependent = a person who relies on another person for support
  8. financial liabilities (such as a tax)
  9. (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object
  10. the swift release of a store of affective force
  11. request for payment of a debt
    • example: they submitted their charges at the end of each month
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of charge: billing
    • more generic words: asking / request = the verbal act of requesting
    • more specific word: presentment = a document that must be accepted and paid by another person
  12. a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
  13. an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence
    • example: the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of charge: accusation
    • more generic words: assertion / asseveration / averment = a declaration that is made emphatically
    • more specific word: countercharge = a charge brought by an accused person against the accuser
  14. heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
  15. a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time

Alternative definition of the noun charge


  1. See responsibility.
  2. Someone or something entrusted to one's care, such as a child to a babysitter or a student to a teacher.
  3. A load or burden; cargo.
  4. The amount of money levied for a service.
  5. An instruction.
  6. [military] A ground attack against a prepared enemy.
  7. An accusation.
  8. An electric charge.
  9. [basketball] An offensive foul in which the player with the ball moves into a stationary defender.
  10. A measured amount of powder and/or shot in a firearm cartridge.
  11. [heraldry] An image displayed on an escutcheon.
  12. A forceful forward movement

Specialised definition of the noun charge

Glossary of sports

physical attack against or impeding of a participant during a competition, which is permitted in some sports under certain restrictions (e.g. soccer, ice-hockey), but entirely illegal in other sport disciplines (e.g. basketball) and can even lead to a disqualification (e.g. in the running disciplines of track and field, or in bicycling). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the verb charge

What does charge mean as a doing word?

Charge is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: charged | charging | charges

  1. to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
  2. blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
  3. demand payment
    • example: Will I get charged for this service?
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of charge: bill
    • more generic words: account / calculate = keep an account of
    • more specific words:
      • impose / levy = impose and collect
      • tithe = exact a tithe from
      • assess = charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine
      • undercharge = charge (someone) too little money
      • surcharge = charge an extra fee, as for a special service
      • invoice = send an bill to
  4. move quickly and violently
  5. assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
    • examples: She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance | They charge him to write the letter
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] with [Theme]Brown equipped Jones with a camera

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): invest, ply.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of charge: appoint
    • more specific words:
  6. file a formal charge against
    • example: The suspect was charged with murdering his wife
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of charge: file / lodge
    • more generic words: accuse / criminate / impeach / incriminate = bring an accusation against
    • more specific word: impeach = charge (a public official) with an offense or misdemeanor committed while in office
  7. make an accusatory claim
    • example: The defense attorney charged that the jurors were biased
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: claim = assert or affirm strongly
    • more specific words:
      • tax = make a charge against or accuse
      • complain = make a formal accusation
  8. fill or load to capacity
  9. enter a certain amount as a charge
    • example: he charged me $15
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]The phone company billed me
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Asset]The phone company billed me $10
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Asset] for [Cause]The phone company billed me $10 for that phone call

      Measure Verbs (with the same syntax): amerce, bet, bill, fine, invoice, mulct, overcharge, save, scrimp, spare, tax, tip, undercharge, wager.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: debit = enter as debit
  10. cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
  11. give over to another for care or safekeeping
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of charge: consign
    • more generic words: commit / confide / entrust / intrust / trust = confer a trust upon
    • more specific words:
      • pledge = give as a guarantee
      • hock / pawn / soak = leave as a guarantee in return for money
      • check = hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping
      • check = consign for shipment on a vehicle
  12. pay with a credit card; pay with plastic money; postpone payment by recording a purchase as a debt
    • example: Will you pay cash or charge the purchase?
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • antonym: pay cash
    • more generic word: pay = give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
  13. lie down on command, of hunting dogs
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic terms: lie / lie down = assume a reclining position
  14. cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
  15. place a heraldic bearing on
  16. provide (a device) with something necessary
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of charge: load
    • more generic terms: fill / fill up / make full = make full, also in a metaphorical sense
    • more specific words: recharge / reload = load anew
  17. direct into a position for use
    • example: He charged his weapon at me
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of charge: level / point
    • more generic terms: aim / direct / take / take aim / train = point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
  18. impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
    • example: He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 5
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of charge: burden / saddle
    • more generic words: command / require = make someone do something
    • more specific terms:
  19. instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence
  20. instruct or command with authority
    • example: The teacher charged the children to memorize the poem
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: instruct = give instructions or directions for some task
  21. attribute responsibility to
    • example: The tragedy was charged to her inexperience
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of charge: blame
    • more generic words: ascribe / assign / attribute / impute = attribute or credit to
  22. set or ask for a certain price
    • examples: How much do you charge for lunch? | This fellow charges $100 for a massage
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 9
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: determine / set = fix conclusively or authoritatively
  23. cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on
    • example: charge a conductor
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
  24. energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge
    • example: I need to charge my car battery
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: furnish / provide / render / supply = give something useful or necessary to
    • more specific word: recharge = charge anew
  25. saturate
    • example: The room was charged with tension and anxiety
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: impregnate / saturate = infuse or fill completely

Specialised definition of the verb charge

Glossary of sports / golf

to come from behind to win a tournament; to play aggressively

Glossary of sports / soccer

to run into an opponent (legal if done from the front or side of the ball carrier; illegal against a player without the ball or from behind)


Charge a.k.a. Chargé is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France.


Who is Charge?

charge a.k.a. Wolfgang Staudte, born Georg Friedrich Staudte, was a German film director, script writer and actor. He was born in Saarbrücken.


  1. Charge is a musical group.
    • albums: "Perfection Plus: The Best of Charge", "You Get What You Deserve"
  2. Charge is a musical group.
    • album: "The Covers"

There are other groups with in their name, like Charge!!, Charge 69, Re-Charge, War Charge, Rhino Charge, Negative Charge, African Head Charge, American Head Charge.


  1. "Charge" is a short fanfare frequently played at sporting events.
  2. "Charge" a.k.a. "Charge!!" is the fourth studio album by American comedy rock band The Aquabats, released on June 7, 2005 by Nitro Records.
  3. "Charge" is an album by Trinidadian soca artist Machel Montano and his band Xtatik released in 1998.
  4. "Charge" is the fourth solo album by singer-songwriter David Ford, released on March 18, 2013.
    • released on
  5. "Charge" is a composition.
  6. "Charge" is a musical single of CTRLS.
    • released on
  7. "Charge" is a musical single of Sergeant Pepper.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  8. "Charge" is a musical album of Hr. Nielsson & Der Kleine Onkel.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  9. "Charge" is a musical album of Comas.
    • released on
  10. "Charge" a.k.a. "Charge!" is a musical album of Enoch Light and the Light Brigade.
    • released in (43 years ago)
  11. "Charge" a.k.a. "Chargé" is a musical album of Aelpéacha.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  12. "Charge" is a musical album of Senntenial.
    • released on
  13. "Charge" is a musical album of Paladin.


  1. "Charge" is proof that maniacs on motorcycles can be a force for global good. The movie follows several teams from around the world to the first ever zero-emissions international road races on the Isle of Man in 2009 and 2010. For the visionaries, it's history. For the petrol-heads, it's blasphemy. What's racing without the sound and fury of internal combustion engines? CHARGE is about the future. It's about change. It's about the dream of a clean, green world. It's about the dream of winning.
    • also known as Charge, Zero Emissions/Maximum Speed
    • language: English Language
    • director: Mark Neale
    • starring: Ewan McGregor
    • tagline: CHARGE is proof that maniacs on motorcycles can be a force for global good. The movie follows...
    • released on
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  2. "Charge" a.k.a. "Charge!" is a 2000 film directed by Robert Guédiguian.
    • also known as À l'attaque!
    • country: France
    • language: French
    • production design by Michel Vandestien
    • genre: Drama
    • released in (15 years ago)
  3. "Charge" a.k.a. "Chargé" is a 2010 short comedy film written by Alexandre Isabelle and directed by Samuel Matteau.


  1. Charge: A charge is a maneuver in battle in which combatants advance towards their enemy at their best speed in an attempt to engage in close combat. Charging makes it difficult for the defending force to accurately aim ranged weapons on the attacking force. The charge is the dominant shock attack and has been the key tactic and decisive moment of most battles in history. Modern charges usually involve small groups against individual positions instead of large groups of combatants charging another group or a fortified line.
  2. Charge is a bugle call which signals to execute a charge, or to gallop forward into harm's way with deadly intent. A simple unmistakable call, it was even recognizable by experienced horses.
  3. Charge a.k.a. CHARGE! is a miniature wargaming newsletter / fanzine published quarterly by the Johnny Reb Gaming Society, headquartered in York, Pennsylvania. It is designed for gamers of the American Civil War period, and in particular, those who use the popular Johnny Reb 3 gaming system developed by John Hill.
  4. Charge was originally produced as a youth television show aimed at showcasing viewer's user-generated content. It was broadcast on the Media Trust’s Community Channel on Sky channel 539, Virgin TV channel 233 and Freeview channel 87 in the UK.
    • begun in (8 years ago)
    • 160 episodes
    • country: United Kingdom
    • genre: Youth
  5. Charge: During the European Middle Ages, a charge often meant an underage person placed under the supervision of a nobleman. Charges were the responsibility of the nobleman they were charged to, and they were usually expected to be treated as guests or a member of the household. Charges were at times used more or less openly as hostages, ensuring that the parents kept in line.
  6. Charge a.k.a. Charge! is a TV program, begun in (46 years ago).

Phrases with Charge

Phrases starting with the word Charge:

  1. charge up
  2. charge off
  3. charge card
  4. Charge Down
  5. Charge hand
  6. charge unit
  7. Charge Nurse
  8. charge plate
  9. charge sheet

Phrases ending with the word Charge:

  1. In Charge
  2. take charge
  3. User charge
  4. Color charge
  5. cover charge
  6. depth charge
  7. fixed charge
  8. ionic charge
  9. Space charge
  10. banzai charge
  11. murder charge

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Charge

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Google previewDiscounting for Time and Risk in Energy Policy (2013)

by Robert C. Lind, Kenneth J. Arrow, Gordon R. Corey, Partha Dasgupta, Amartya K. Sen, Thomas Stauffer, Joseph E. Stiglitz, J.A. Stockfisch

Thus in this case there is little gain from increased numbers since the aggregate risk charge is the sum of the risk...

Google previewThe Essential Physics of Medical Imaging (2002)

by Jerrold T. Bushberg

ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM Electricity Electrical Charge Electrical charge is a property of matter. Matter may have a...

Google previewSmart Grid (2014)

Communication-Enabled Intelligence for the Electric Power Grid by Stephen F. Bush

Charge is a fundamental property of matter, yet one with which people tend to be least familiar. For lack of a...

The smallest negative charge is an electron and the smallest positive charge is a proton, and these charges are equal. But that begs ...

Google previewReport ... Together with the Proceedings of the Committee, Minutes of Evidence, Appendix and Index (1903)

by Great Britain. Parliament. Joint Select Committee on Municipal Trading

The second charge is that a sum of money paid to Mr. Arthur Sutton for professional services in regard to the...

The third charge is that fuel supplied for gas manufacture to the amount of some 500i. in the name of Mr. Richard Silk, was fuel ...

Google previewJoyful Manifestation (2012)

Ten Steps to Empower Yourself and Attract a Happy and Successful Life by Sugandhi Iyer

A positive charge means that the mind likes the thought and finds pleasure in it and a negative charge means that your mind does not like the thought and what it means to its peaceful existence. Once the mind decides that it wants to pursue a ...

Google previewElectricity and Magnetism (2016)

by CTI Reviews

More abstractly, a charge is any generator of a continuous symmetry of the physical system under study.

Electric charge is a physical property of matter which causes it to experience a force when near other electrically charged matter .

Google previewThe Really Useful Elementary Science Book (2010)

by Jeffrey W. Bloom

Electrical charge is the central concept involved in understanding how electrical phenomena work. An electrical charge is a property of matter that has to do with the difference between the forces of electrons and protons. From this perspective ...

Google previewSpirituality for the Skeptic (2002)

The Thoughtful Love of Life by Robert C. Solomon

Then the charge is that fatalism confuses modalities and fallaciously infers what must be the case from what merely is or has been the case. But fatalism is not simply a bad inference from what has happened, nor is it merely rationalization.

Google previewThe Electrical Charges of Atoms and Ions (1919)

by Fernando Sanford

the evidence seems conclusive that the quantity which we have called the ionic charge is an important determining...

molecule unless we assume that when positive and negative ions combine the resultant charge is the algebraic sum of the ...

Google previewThe Subtle Body (2014)

An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy by Cyndi Dale

Protons and electrons are attracted to each other, and so both carry electrical charges. A charge is a force inside a particle. Protons have positive charges and electrons have ...

Google previewThe Universe (2013)

by Josip Kleczek

ELECTRIC CHARGE Electric charge is an important characteristic of elementary particles, but its true nature is not yet known. Some particles...

Google previewDictionary of Phhysics

Charge Conjugation 119 Charge Conjugation. Refers to the operation of changing the signs of all electric charges and electromagnetic field in a system. A reaction and its conjugate reaction (in which each particle gets replaced by its ...

Google previewThe International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (2015)

by Orr, James

the charge of Yahweh” (Lev. 8:35), the injunctions ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Law of Scotland (1815)

Intended for the Use of the Public at Large, as Well as of the Profession by Robert Bell, Sir John Skene

CHARGE ON LETTERS OF HORNING. The will «F Letters of Horning commands messengers at arms, as sheriffs in that part, to order the debtor to pay the debt within a certain number of days, according to circumstances ; and this the ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE ALLOWED CHARGE: The amount Medicare approves for payment to a physician. Typically, Medicare pays 80% of the approved charge and the beneficiary pays the remaining 20%. The allowed charge for a ...

Google previewCompanion Encyclopedia of Science in the Twentieth Century (2013)

by John Krige, Dominique Pestre

Measuring an electron's charge in ...

Google previewLexique, Syntaxe et Lexique-Grammaire / Syntax, Lexis & Lexicon-Grammar (2004)

Papers in honour of Maurice Gross by Christian Leclère, Éric Laporte, Mireille Piot, Max Silberztein

Luc charge le camion de blé (2) Luc remplit le camion de blé (3) Luc plante le jardin de blé Les trois phrases ci-dessus ont chacune un sujet, un objet direct et un objet indirect introduit par de. Du point de vue de l'organisation fonctionnelle ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing (2006)

by Sunggyu Lee

Sealing Plate Insulation Ring Battery: P-60AA Charge: 50mA (0.1lt)x15hrs Operation VB: battery voltage Ich: Cap (+ Safety Valve Insulation Gasket Positive Electrode Collector Case (- Negative Electrode Collector Negative Electrode ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Chemistry (2016)

by Richard Rennie, Jonathan Law

Charge occurs in nature in two forms, conventionally described as positive and negative in order to distinguish between the two kinds of interaction between particles. Two particles that have similar charges (both negative or both positive) ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

CHARGE-COUPLED DEVICE: A light-sensitive device that converts light information into electronic information via sensors that collect light as a buildup of electrical charge; the signal that results from this conversion can be converted into ...

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The magnetic cleavage of the spectral lines is dependent on the size of the charge of the electron, or, more accurately, on the ratio between the mass and the charge of the electron. (Pieter Zeeman)
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