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Definition of charge:

  1. A bearing. See Bearing, n., 8.
  2. A load or burder laid upon a person or thing.
  3. A person or thing commited or intrusted to the care, custody, or management of another; a trust.
  4. A position ( of a weapon) fitted for attack; as, to bring a weapon to the charge.
  5. A soft of plaster or ointment.
  6. An accusation of a wrong of offense; allegation; indictment; specification of something alleged.
  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.
  8. 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.
  9. An order; a mandate or command; an injunction.
  10. Custody or care of any person, thing, or place; office; responsibility; oversight; obigation; duty.
  11. Harm.
  12. Heed; care; anxiety; trouble.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. The price demanded for a thing or service.
  16. Thirty- six pigs of lead, each pig weighing about seventy pounds; - called also charre.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. To bear down upon; to rush upon; to attack.
  20. To call to account; to challenge.
  21. To debit on an account; as, to charge for purchases.
  22. To demand a price; as, to charge high for goods.
  23. To fix or demand as a price; as, he charges two dollars a barrel for apples.
  24. To impute or ascribe; to lay to one's charge.
  25. To lay on or impose, as a load, tax, or burden; to load; to fill.
  26. 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.
  27. To lay on, impose, or make subject to or liable for.
  28. To make an onset or rush; as, to charge with fixed bayonets.
  29. To ornament with or cause to bear; as, to charge an architectural member with a molding.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. To squat on its belly and be still; - a command given by a sportsman to a dog.
  33. Weight; import; value.
  34. Whatever constitutes a burden on property, as rents, taxes, lines, etc.; costs; expense incurred; - usually in the plural.


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