(n) a special assignment that is given to a person or group; "a confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a message"
(n) attention and management implying responsibility for safety; "he is in the care of a bodyguard"
(n) a impetuous rush toward someone or something; "the wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary"; "the battle began with a cavalry charge"
(n) a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time; "this cartridge has a powder charge of 50 grains"
(n) heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
(n) (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; "he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
(n) an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence; "the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving"
(n) a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; "the judge's charge to the jury"
(n) request for payment of a debt; "they submitted their charges at the end of each month"
(n) 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"
(n) (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object; "Freud thought of cathexis as a psychic analog of an electrical charge"
(n) a person committed to your care; "the teacher led her charges across the street"
(n) 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"
(n) the price charged for some article or service; "the admission charge"
(n) financial liabilities (such as a tax); "the charges against the estate"
(v) saturate; "The room was charged with tension and anxiety"
(v) energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge; "I need to charge my car battery"
(v) cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on; "charge a conductor"
(v) set or ask for a certain price; "How much do you charge for lunch?"; "This fellow charges $100 for a massage"
(v) attribute responsibility to; "We blamed the accident on her"; "The tragedy was charged to her inexperience"
(v) instruct or command with authority; "The teacher charged the children to memorize the poem"
(v) instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence
(v) impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
(v) blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged me director with indifference"
(v) make an accusatory claim; "The defense attorney charged that the jurors were biased"
(v) file a formal charge against; "The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"
(v) to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle; "he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork"
(v) direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me"
(v) fill or load to capacity; "charge the wagon with hay"
(v) provide with munition; "He loaded his gun carefully"
(v) place a heraldic bearing on; "charge all weapons, shields, and banners"
(v) cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"
(v) lie down on command, of hunting dogs
(v) move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office"
(v) 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?"
(v) demand payment; "Will I get charged for this service?"; "We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights"
(v) enter a certain amount as a charge; "he charged me $15"
(v) give over to another for care or safekeeping; "consign your baggage"
(v) cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution; "After the second episode, she had to be committed"; "he was committed to prison"
(v) assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to; "He was appointed deputy manager"; "She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance"