Handout #1: Definitions of Charge

 Definitions of the word: charge   Pronunciation Key  (chärj)
v. charged, charg·ing, charg·es

  1. To impose a duty, responsibility, or obligation on: charged him with the task of watching the young swimmers.
  2. To set or ask (a given amount) as a price: charges ten dollars for a haircut.
  3. To hold financially liable; demand payment from: charged her for the balance due.
  4. To postpone payment on (a purchase) by recording as a debt: paid cash for the stockings but charged the new coat.
    1. To load to capacity; fill: charge a furnace with coal.
    2. To saturate; impregnate: The atmosphere was charged with tension.
  6. To load (a gun or other firearm) with a quantity of explosive: charged the musket with powder.
  7. To instruct or urge authoritatively; command: charged her not to reveal the source of information.
  8. Law. To instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence.
  9. To make a claim of wrongdoing against; accuse or blame: The police charged him with car theft. Critics charged the writer with a lack of originality.
  10. To put the blame for; attribute or impute: charged the accident to the driver's inexperience.
  11. To attack violently: The troops charged the enemy line.
  12. Basketball. To bump or run into (a defender) illegally while in possession of the ball or having just made a pass or shot.
  13. Sports.
    1. To bump (an opponent) so as to knock off balance or gain control of the ball, as in soccer.
    2. To body-check (an opponent) illegally, from behind or after taking more than two strides, as in ice hockey.
  14. Electricity.
    1. To cause formation of a net electric charge on or in (a conductor, for example).
    2. To energize (a storage battery) by passing current through it in the direction opposite to discharge.
  15. To excite; rouse: a speaker who knows how to charge up a crowd.
  16. To direct or put (a weapon) into position for use; level.
  17. Heraldry. To place a charge on (an escutcheon).