charter

What do rock gods do when they travel? They charter their own plane, of course. Charter means you rent or lease a particular service or object. Anyone can charter something, though lesser mortals tend to limit themselves to buses.

Charter comes from the Latin charta, meaning "paper, card or map." As a noun, charter refers to a written document outlining — or mapping — the rights and obligations of a company or organization, or even, in older days, a town or entire colony. New York City was given a charter, for example, by the British monarch in the 17th century, guaranteeing it certain rights in exchange for goods and services. Today corporations still have charters governing their behavior.

Primary Meanings of charter

1.
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a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation
grant a charter to
2.
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engage for service under a term of contract
a contract to hire or lease transportation
Full Definitions of charter
1

n a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation

Examples:
The Great Charter
the royal charter of political rights given to rebellious English barons by King John in 1215
Types:
bank charter
a charter authorizing the operation of a bank
royal charter
a charter granted by the sovereign (especially in Great Britain)
Type of:
document, papers, written document
writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)

v grant a charter to

Type of:
certify, licence, license
authorize officially
2

v engage for service under a term of contract

Synonyms:
engage, hire, lease, rent, take
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services

Synonyms:
hire, lease, rent
Type of:
contract, undertake
enter into a contractual arrangement

n a contract to hire or lease transportation

Type of:
contract
a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law

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