charge VERB 1) demand (an amount) as a price for a service rendered or goods supplied. 2) accuse (someone) of something, especially an offence under law. 3) rush forward in attack. 4) entrust with a task. 5) store electrical energy in (a battery). 6) technical or formal load or fill (a container, gun, etc.) to the full or proper extent. 7) fill with a quality or emotion.
NOUN 1) a price asked. 2) a formal accusation made against a prisoner brought to trial. 3) a financial liability or commitment. 4) responsibility for care or control. 5) a person or thing entrusted to someone's care. 6) a headlong rush forward, typically in attack. 7) the property of matter that is responsible for electrical phenomena, existing in a positive or negative form. 8) the quantity of this carried by a body. 9) energy stored chemically in a battery for conversion into electricity. 10) a quantity of explosive to be detonated in order to fire a gun or similar weapon.
press charges — Cf. ↑press charges
DERIVATIVES chargeable adjective charged adjective.
ORIGIN Old French charger, from Latin carricare 'to load' .

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