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Definition of CHARGE

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Charge \Charge\ (ch[aum]rj), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Charged} (ch[aum]rjd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Charging}.] [OF. chargier, F. charger, fr. LL. carricare, fr. L. carrus wagon. Cf. {Cargo}, {Caricature}, {Cark}, and see {Car}.]
     1. To lay on or impose, as a load, tax, or burden; to load; to fill. [1913 Webster]

              A carte that charged was with hay.    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              The charging of children's memories with rules.
                                                    --Locke. [1913 Webster]

     2. To lay on or impose, as a task, duty, or trust; to command, instruct, or exhort with authority; to enjoin; to urge earnestly; as, to charge a jury; to charge the clergy of a diocese; to charge an agent. [1913 Webster]

              Moses . . . charged you to love the Lord your God.
                                                    --Josh. xxii.
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              Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To lay on, impose, or make subject to or liable for. [1913 Webster]

              When land shall be charged by any lien. --Kent. [1913 Webster]

     4. To fix or demand as a price; as, he charges two dollars a barrel for apples. [1913 Webster]

     5. To place something to the account of as a debt; to debit, as, to charge one with goods. Also, to enter upon the debit side of an account; as, to charge a sum to one. [1913 Webster]

     6. To impute or ascribe; to lay to one's charge. [1913 Webster]

              No more accuse thy pen, but charge the crime On native sloth and negligence of time. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     7. To accuse; to make a charge or assertion against (a person or thing); to lay the responsibility (for something said or done) at the door of. [1913 Webster]

              If he did that wrong you charge him with.
                                                    --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     8. To place within or upon any firearm, piece of apparatus or machinery, the quantity it is intended and fitted to hold or bear; to load; to fill; as, to charge a gun; to charge an electrical machine, etc. [1913 Webster]

              Their battering cannon charged to the mouths.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     9. To ornament with or cause to bear; as, to charge an architectural member with a molding. [1913 Webster]

     10. (Her.) To assume as a bearing; as, he charges three roses or; to add to or represent on; as, he charges his shield with three roses or. [1913 Webster]

     11. To call to account; to challenge. [Obs.]
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               To charge me to an answer.           --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     12. To bear down upon; to rush upon; to attack. [1913 Webster]

               Charged our main battle's front.     --Shak.

     Syn: To intrust; command; exhort; instruct; accuse; impeach; arraign. See {Accuse}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Charge \Charge\, n. [F. charge, fr. charger to load. See {Charge}, v. t., and cf. {Cargo}, {Caricature}.]
     1. A load or burder laid upon a person or thing. [1913 Webster]

     2. A person or thing commited or intrusted to the care, custody, or management of another; a trust. [1913 Webster]

     Note: The people of a parish or church are called the charge of the clergyman who is set over them. [1913 Webster]

     3. Custody or care of any person, thing, or place; office; responsibility; oversight; obigation; duty. [1913 Webster]

              'Tis a great charge to come under one body's hand.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. Heed; care; anxiety; trouble. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     5. Harm. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     6. An order; a mandate or command; an injunction. [1913 Webster]

              The king gave cherge concerning Absalom. --2. Sam. xviii. 5. [1913 Webster]

     7. An address (esp. an earnest or impressive address) containing instruction or exhortation; as, the charge of a judge to a jury; the charge of a bishop to his clergy. [1913 Webster]

     8. An accusation of a wrong of offense; allegation; indictment; specification of something alleged. [1913 Webster]

              The charge of confounding very different classes of phenomena.                            --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

     9. Whatever constitutes a burden on property, as rents, taxes, lines, etc.; costs; expense incurred; -- usually in the plural. [1913 Webster]

     10. The price demanded for a thing or service. [1913 Webster]

     11. An entry or a account of that which is due from one party to another; that which is debited in a business transaction; as, a charge in an account book. [1913 Webster]

     12. That quantity, as of ammunition, electricity, ore, fuel, etc., which any apparatus, as a gun, battery, furnace, machine, etc., is intended to receive and fitted to hold, or which is actually in it at one time [1913 Webster]

     13. The act of rushing upon, or towards, an enemy; a sudden onset or attack, as of troops, esp. cavalry; hence, the signal for attack; as, to sound the charge. [1913 Webster]

               Never, in any other war afore, gave the Romans a hotter charge upon the enemies.      --Holland. [1913 Webster]

               The charge of the light brigade.     --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     14. A position (of a weapon) fitted for attack; as, to bring a weapon to the charge. [1913 Webster]

     15. (Far.) A sort of plaster or ointment.
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     16. (Her.) A bearing. See {Bearing}, n., 8.
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     17. [Cf. {Charre}.] Thirty-six pigs of lead, each pig weighing about seventy pounds; -- called also {charre}. [1913 Webster]

     18. Weight; import; value.
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               Many suchlike "as's" of great charge. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {Back charge}. See under {Back}, a.

     {Bursting charge}.
         (a) (Mil.) The charge which bursts a shell, etc. (b) (Mining) A small quantity of fine powder to secure the ignition of a charge of coarse powder in blasting.

     {Charge and discharge} (Equity Practice), the old mode or form of taking an account before a master in chancery.

     {Charge sheet}, the paper on which are entered at a police station all arrests and accusations.

     {To sound the charge}, to give the signal for an attack.

     Syn: Care; custody; trust; management; office; expense; cost; price; assault; attack; onset; injunction; command; order; mandate; instruction; accusation; indictment. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Charge \Charge\, v. i.
     1. To make an onset or rush; as, to charge with fixed bayonets. [1913 Webster]

              Like your heroes of antiquity, he charges in iron.
                                                    --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

              "Charge for the guns!" he said.       --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     2. To demand a price; as, to charge high for goods. [1913 Webster]

     3. To debit on an account; as, to charge for purchases. [1913 Webster]

     4. To squat on its belly and be still; -- a command given by a sportsman to a dog. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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