Charge can mean electricity received, as in the shock you’d feel if you put your finger in a wall socket. Charge is also what you do when you use your credit card instead of cash. Shopping can be electrifying too.

Charge has many meanings. Charge is what a cavalry does when it rushes towards enemy lines. A charge is also the cost of something. When you are “in charge,” it means that you are in command of everything. And when you are “in charge of,” it means that you have a specific responsibility. And when you are excited about something, you “get a charge out of it.” If you like power, you might get a charge out of being in charge.

Definitions of charge
  1. verb
    assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
    “She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance”
    synonyms: appoint
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    assign, delegate, depute, designate
    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
    depute, deputise, deputize
    appoint as a substitute
    make, name, nominate
    charge with a function; charge to be
    authorise, authorize, empower
    give or delegate power or authority to
    provide or send (envoys or embassadors) with official credentials
    invest with a new title, office, or rank
    assign authority to
    select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet
    assign to a post; put into a post
    assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors
    pass on or delegate to another
    assign a task to
    place somebody in a particular situation or location
    assign to a regiment
    reassign, transfer
    transfer somebody to a different position or location of work
    delegate, depute
    transfer power to someone
    assign under a mandate
    name again or anew
    advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
    give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
    break, bump, demote, kick downstairs, relegate
    assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
    give the right to
    give authority or permission to
    assign to (a job or a home)
  2. verb
    impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
    “He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend”
    synonyms: burden, saddle
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    burden with too much work or responsibility
    bear down
    exert a force or cause a strain upon
    deluge, flood out, overwhelm
    charge someone with too many tasks
    command solemnly
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    command, require
    make someone do something
  3. verb
    attribute responsibility to
    “The tragedy was charged to her inexperience”
    synonyms: blame
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    ascribe, assign, attribute, impute
    attribute or credit to
  4. verb
    instruct or command with authority
    “The teacher charged the children to memorize the poem”
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    give instructions or directions for some task
  5. verb
    instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence
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    give instructions or directions for some task
  6. verb
    cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
    synonyms: commit, institutionalise, institutionalize, send
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    hospitalise, hospitalize
    admit into a hospital
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    move from one place to another
  7. verb
    give over to another for care or safekeeping
    synonyms: consign
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    give as a guarantee
    hock, pawn, soak
    leave as a guarantee in return for money
    hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping
    consign for shipment on a vehicle
    pledge as a collateral
    offer in good faith
    pledge without delivery or title of possession
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    commit, confide, entrust, intrust, trust
    confer a trust upon
  8. noun
    a special assignment that is given to a person or group
    synonyms: commission, mission
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    fool's errand
    a fruitless mission
    mission impossible
    an extremely dangerous or difficult mission
    martyr operation, sacrifice operation, suicide mission
    killing or injuring others while annihilating yourself; usually accomplished with a bomb
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    assignment, duty assignment
    a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)
  9. noun
    a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
    “the judge's charge to the jury”
    synonyms: commission, direction, mandate
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    an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judge
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    bid, bidding, command, dictation
    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
  10. noun
    attention and management implying responsibility for safety
    synonyms: care, guardianship, tutelage
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    due care, ordinary care, reasonable care
    the care that a reasonable man would exercise under the circumstances; the standard for determining legal duty
    foster care
    supervised care for delinquent or neglected children usually in an institution or substitute home
    great care
    more attention and consideration than is normally bestowed by prudent persons
    the guardianship and control exercised by a deity
    slight care
    such care as a careless or inattentive person would exercise
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    the activity of protecting someone or something
  11. noun
    a person committed to your care
    “the teacher led her charges across the street”
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    dependant, dependent
    a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)
  12. verb
    blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
    “he charged the director with indifference”
    synonyms: accuse
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    blame, fault
    put or pin the blame on
    accuse, criminate, impeach, incriminate
    bring an accusation against; level a charge against
    asperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, denigrate, slander, smear, smirch, sully
    charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
    accuse formally of a crime
    reproach, upbraid
    express criticism towards
    accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
    return an accusation against someone or engage in mutual accusations; charge in return
    destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation
    print slanderous statements against
    badmouth, drag through the mud, malign, traduce
    speak unfavorably about
    file, lodge
    file a formal charge against
    blame or punish someone for the errors of others
  13. verb
    make an accusatory claim
    “The defense attorney charged that the jurors were biased”
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    make a charge against or accuse
    make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge
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    assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing
  14. verb
    file a formal charge against
    “The suspect was charged with murdering his wife”
    synonyms: file, lodge
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    charge (a public official) with an offense or misdemeanor committed while in office
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    accuse, criminate, impeach, incriminate
    bring an accusation against; level a charge against
  15. noun
    an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence
    synonyms: accusation
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    a charge brought by an accused person against the accuser
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    assertion, asseveration, averment
    a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)
  16. noun
    (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense
    “he was arrested on a charge of larceny”
    synonyms: complaint
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    accusal, accusation
    a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt
    self-accusation, self-condemnation
    an admission that you have failed to do or be something you know you should do or be
    mutual accusations
    (law) a formal accusation against somebody (often in a court of law)
    blame game
    accusations exchanged among people who refuse to accept sole responsibility for some undesirable event
    a slanderous accusation
    a statement attributing something dishonest (especially a criminal offense)
    an accusation of wrongdoing
    formal accusation of a crime
    the act of making accusations
    blame, incrimination, inculpation
    an accusation that one is responsible for some lapse or misdeed
    an accusation that brings into intimate and usually incriminating connection
    the act of charging an official with an offense committed while in office
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    (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding
  17. verb
    set or ask for a certain price
    “How much do you charge for lunch?”
    “This fellow charges $100 for a massage”
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    determine, set
    fix conclusively or authoritatively
  18. verb
    enter a certain amount as a charge
    “he charged me $15”
    demand payment
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    enter as debit
  19. verb
    demand payment
    “Will I get charged for this service?”
    synonyms: bill
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    impose, levy
    charge and collect payment
    exact a tithe from
    charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine
    charge (someone) too little money
    charge an extra fee, as for a special service
    send an bill to
    charge a fee for using
    levy a tithe on (produce or a crop)
    impose anew
    impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
    impose a fine on
    levy a tax on
    levy a distress on
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    account, calculate
    keep an account of
  20. verb
    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?”
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    pay cash
    pay (for something) with cash
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    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
  21. noun
    the price charged for some article or service
    “the admission charge
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    carrying charge
    charge made for carrying an account or for merchandise sold on an installment plan
    depreciation charge
    an amount periodically charged to expense or against revenue in compensation for depreciation of property
    a price that is too low
    a price that is too high
    fare, transportation
    the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
    fixed charge, fixed cost, fixed costs
    a periodic charge that does not vary with business volume (as insurance or rent or mortgage payments etc.)
    agio, agiotage, exchange premium, premium
    a fee charged for exchanging currencies
    a charge required as compensation for the delay of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure
    installation charge
    the charge for installing something
    the charge for carrying burdens by porters
    the charge for mailing something
    a charge based on weight measured in pounds
    charge per unit, rate
    amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis
    rate per quarter for water from a public supply
    an additional charge (as for items previously omitted or as a penalty for failure to exercise common caution or common skill)
    service charge, service fee
    a percentage of a bill (as at a hotel or restaurant) added in payment for service
    the charge for stowing goods
    the charge for storing something in tanks
    pay rate, rate of pay
    amount of money received per unit time
    installment rate, payment rate, rate of payment, repayment rate
    the amount of money paid out per unit time
    an exorbitant charge
    a charge added at a restaurant for every bottle of wine served that was not bought on the premises
    the fare charged for traveling by airplane
    bus fare, carfare
    the fare charged for riding a bus or streetcar
    cab fare, taxi fare
    the fare charged for riding in a taxicab
    train fare
    the fare charged for traveling by train
    tax rate
    rate used to calculate tax liability
    cover, cover charge
    a fixed charge by a restaurant or nightclub over and above the charge for food and drink
    a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed
    interest rate, rate of interest
    the percentage of a sum of money charged for its use
    a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services
    single supplement
    a surcharge added to the cost per person when traveling alone
    freight, freight rate, freightage
    the charge for transporting something by common carrier
    depreciation rate, rate of depreciation
    the rate at which the value of property is reduced; used to calculate tax deduction
    exchange rate, rate of exchange
    the charge for exchanging currency of one country for currency of another
    excursion rate
    a reduced rate for a round-trip ticket
    a rate of charging by the linear foot of work done
    linage, lineage
    a rate of payment for written material that is measured according to the number of lines submitted
    room rate
    the rate charged daily for a hotel room
    a payment that is due (e.g., as the price of membership)
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    the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor
  22. noun
    request for payment of a debt
    “they submitted their charges at the end of each month”
    synonyms: billing
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    a document that must be accepted and paid by another person
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    asking, request
    the verbal act of requesting
  23. noun
    financial liabilities (such as a tax)
    “the charges against the estate”
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    a charge imposed and collected
    encumbrance, incumbrance
    a charge against property (as a lien or mortgage)
    an amount determined as payable
    revenue enhancement, tax, taxation
    charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government
    a levy of one tenth of something
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    anything that is owed to someone else
  24. verb
    make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
    “he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork”
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    attack suddenly
  25. verb
    move quickly and violently
    “He came charging into my office”
    synonyms: buck, shoot, shoot down, tear
    dart, dash, flash, scoot, scud, shoot
    run or move very quickly or hastily
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    move precipitously or violently
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    belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it
    move fast
  26. verb
    cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
    “The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks”
    synonyms: agitate, charge up, commove, excite, rouse, turn on
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    calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
    make calm or still
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    hype up, psych up
    get excited or stimulated
    make nervous or agitated
    make upset or troubled
    excite suddenly and intensely
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    disturb, trouble, upset
    move deeply
  27. verb
    “The room was charged with tension and anxiety”
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    impregnate, saturate
    infuse or fill completely
  28. verb
    fill or load to capacity
    charge the wagon with hay”
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    remove the charge from
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    burden, burthen, weight, weight down
    weight down with a load
    load with goods for transportation
    load with excessive weight
    weight with lead
    load or burden; encumber
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  29. verb
    provide (a device) with something necessary
    synonyms: load
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    recharge, reload
    load anew
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    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  30. verb
    direct into a position for use
    “He charged his weapon at me”
    synonyms: level, point
    be positionable in a specified manner
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    aim, direct, take, take aim, train
    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
  31. noun
    an impetuous rush toward someone or something
    “the wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary”
    “the battle began with a cavalry charge
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    a retaliatory charge
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    attack, onrush, onset, onslaught
    (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
  32. noun
    the swift release of a store of affective force
    synonyms: bang, boot, flush, kick, rush, thrill
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    excitement, exhilaration
    the feeling of lively and cheerful joy
  33. noun
    (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object
    synonyms: cathexis
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    libidinal energy
    (psychoanalysis) psychic energy produced by the libido
  34. noun
    a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time
    “this cartridge has a powder charge of 50 grains”
    synonyms: burster, bursting charge, explosive charge
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    an explosive charge used in blasting
    an insufficient charge
    rocket fuel, rocket propellant, rocket propellent
    an explosive charge that propels a rocket
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    a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
  35. verb
    cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on
    charge a conductor”
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  36. verb
    energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge
    “I need to charge my car battery”
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    charge anew
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  37. noun
    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
    synonyms: electric charge
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    electrostatic charge
    the electric charge at rest on the surface of an insulated body (which establishes and adjacent electrostatic field)
    positive charge
    the state of having a deficiency of electrons; having a higher electric potential
    negative charge
    the state of having a surplus of electrons; having a lower electric potential
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    electrical phenomenon
    a physical phenomenon involving electricity
  38. noun
    heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
    synonyms: armorial bearing, bearing, heraldic bearing
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    annulet, roundel
    (heraldry) a charge in the shape of a circle
    an inverted V-shaped charge
    fleur-de-lis, fleur-de-lys
    (heraldry) a conventionalized representation of an iris
    (heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
    bend, bend dexter
    diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left
    fess, fesse
    (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shield
    bar sinister, bend sinister
    a mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left
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    emblem indicating the right of a person to bear arms
  39. verb
    place a heraldic bearing on
    charge all weapons, shields, and banners”
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    make a painting
  40. verb
    lie down on command, of hunting dogs
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    lie, lie down
    assume a reclining position
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