Charge Charge (ch[aum]rj), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Charged} (ch[aum]rjd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Charging}.] [OF. chargier, F. charger, fr. LL. carricare, fr. L. carrus wagon. Cf. {Cargo}, {Caricature}, {Cark}, and see {Car}.] 1. To lay on or impose, as a load, tax, or burden; to load; to fill. [1913 Webster]

A carte that charged was with hay. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The charging of children's memories with rules. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

Moses . . . charged you to love the Lord your God. --Josh. xxii. 5. [1913 Webster]

Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To lay on, impose, or make subject to or liable for. [1913 Webster]

When land shall be charged by any lien. --Kent. [1913 Webster]

4. To fix or demand as a price; as, he charges two dollars a barrel for apples. [1913 Webster]

5. 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. [1913 Webster]

6. To impute or ascribe; to lay to one's charge. [1913 Webster]

No more accuse thy pen, but charge the crime On native sloth and negligence of time. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

7. 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. [1913 Webster]

If he did that wrong you charge him with. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

8. 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. [1913 Webster]

Their battering cannon charged to the mouths. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

9. To ornament with or cause to bear; as, to charge an architectural member with a molding. [1913 Webster]

10. (Her.) 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. [1913 Webster]

11. To call to account; to challenge. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To charge me to an answer. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

12. To bear down upon; to rush upon; to attack. [1913 Webster]

Charged our main battle's front. --Shak.

Syn: To intrust; command; exhort; instruct; accuse; impeach; arraign. See {Accuse}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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