charge1 W1S1 [tʃa:dʒ US tʃa:rdʒ] n
3¦(somebody/something you look after)¦
10¦(strength of feelings)¦
11 get a charge out of something
12¦(an order to do something)¦
1.) ¦(PRICE)¦ [U and C]
the amount of money you have to pay for goods or services
Gas charges will rise in July.
charge of
an admission charge of $5
charge for
There's a 50 pence booking charge for each ticket.
Guided tours are provided at no charge .
Your order will be sent free of charge (=at no cost) .
The shop will fit them for a small extra charge .
2.) ¦(CONTROL)¦[U]
the position of having control or responsibility for a group of people or an activity
in charge (of sth)
He asked to speak to the person in charge.
the officer in charge of the investigation
Stern put Travis in charge of (=gave him control of) the research team.
Owens came in and took charge of (=took control of) the situation.
A commander in each county was to have charge of the local militia.
a) be in/under sb's charge
if someone or something is in your charge, you are responsible for looking after them
teachers that do their best for the children in their charge
The files were left in your charge.
b) formal
someone that you are responsible for looking after
Sarah bought some chocolate for her three young charges.
4.) ¦(CRIME)¦
an official statement made by the police saying that they believe someone may be guilty of a crime
charge against
He was found guilty of all six charges against him.
Phillips was arrested on drug charges.
The following morning, he was arrested on a charge of burglary.
Young appeared in court on a murder charge .
charge of
Higgins is facing a charge of armed robbery.
As it was his first offence, the store agreed not to press charges .
Police dropped the charges against him because of insufficient evidence.
Nine people have pleaded guilty to various charges .
Green was cleared of all charges against him.
5.) ¦(BLAME)¦
a written or spoken statement blaming someone for doing something bad or illegal
= ↑allegation charge that
the charge that tobacco companies target young people with their ads
charge of
a charge of racial discrimination against the company
deny/counter a charge
(=say that a charge is untrue)
Wallace denied charges that he had lied to investigators.
lay/leave yourself open to a charge of sth
(=be likely to be blamed for something)
The speech laid him open to charges of political bias.
6.) ¦(ATTACK)¦
an attack in which soldiers or animals move towards someone or something very quickly
7.) ¦(EFFORT)¦
lead the charge
to make a strong effort to do something
It was small businesses that led the charge against health care changes.
electricity that is put into a piece of electrical equipment such as a ↑battery
on charge
(=taking in a charge of electricity)
Leave the battery on charge all night.
an explosive put into something such as a bomb or gun
10.) ¦(STRENGTH OF FEELINGS)¦ [singular]
the power of strong feelings
Cases of child abuse have a strong emotional charge.
11.) get a charge out of sth
AmE spoken to be excited by something and enjoy it very much
I got a real charge out of seeing my niece take her first steps.
12.) ¦(AN ORDER TO DO SOMETHING)¦ formal
an order to do something
charge to do sth
The old servant fulfilled his master's charge to care for the children.
reverse the charges atreverse1 (6)
COLLOCATES for sense 4
on a charge (of something)
bring/press charges (=state officially that someone is guilty of a crime)
face charges (=be accused of a crime)
drop the charges (=decide to stop making charges)
deny a charge
admit a charge
plead guilty to a charge
be released without charge
be cleared/acquitted of a charge (=when someone is officially not guilty at the end of a trial)
be convicted of a charge (=when someone is found guilty at the end of a trial)
charge 2
charge2 W2S1 v
3¦(blame somebody)¦
7¦(order somebody)¦
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: chargier, from Late Latin carricare, from Latin carrus; CAR]
1.) ¦(MONEY)¦
a) [I and T]
to ask someone for a particular amount of money for something you are selling
The hotel charges $125 a night.
charge sb £10/$50 etc (for sth)
The restaurant charged us £40 for the wine.
charge sth at sth
Calls will be charged at 44p per minute.
charge for
We won't charge for delivery if you pay now.
charge rent/a fee/interest etc
The gallery charges an entrance fee.
b) charge sth to sb's account/room etc
to record the cost of something on someone's account, so that they can pay for it later
Wilson charged the drinks to his room.
Use a courier and charge it to the department.
c) [T] AmE
to pay for something with a ↑credit card
charge sth on sth
I charged the shoes on Visa.
'How would you like to pay?' 'I'll charge it .'
2.) ¦(CRIME)¦ [T]
to state officially that someone may be guilty of a crime
charge sb with sth
Gibbons has been charged with murder.
3.) ¦(BLAME SOMEBODY)¦ [T] formal
to say publicly that you think someone has done something wrong
charge that
Demonstrators have charged that the police used excessive force against them.
4.) ¦(RUN)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to deliberately run or walk somewhere quickly
charge around/through/out etc
The boys charged noisily into the water.
5.) ¦(ATTACK)¦ [I and T]
to deliberately rush quickly towards someone or something in order to attack them
Then, with a final effort, our men charged the enemy for the last time.
charge at/towards/into
The bear charged towards her at full speed.
6.) ¦(ELECTRICITY)¦ [I and T]
also charge up
if a ↑battery charges, or if you charge it, it takes in and stores electricity
The shaver can be charged up and used while travelling.
7.) ¦(ORDER SOMEBODY)¦ [T] formal
to order someone to do something or make them responsible for it
charge sb with doing sth
The commission is charged with investigating war crimes.
8.) ¦(GUN)¦ [T]
old use to load a gun
9.) ¦(GLASS)¦ [T]
BrE formal to fill a glass

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