charge (one) with (something)

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charge (one) with (something)

1. To officially accuse one of a crime. They finally caught Capone by charging him with tax evasion.
2. To assign one a particular task. Don't worry, I charged my top aide with that assignment, so we should have an update soon.
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charge someone with something

 
1. to place criminal charges against someone. The police charged Max with robbery.
2. to order someone to do a particular task. The president charged him with organizing the meeting. We charged her with locating new office space.
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charge with

1. Impose a duty or task on, as in He was charged with getting this message to the commissioners. [c. 1300]
2. Accuse of a crime, as in He was charged with creating a disturbance. [Mid-1500s]
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References in classic literature ?
I charged you with her; pray do you do your duty.' The constable told him, a little moved, but very handsomely, 'I know my duty, and what I am, sir; I doubt you hardly know what you are doing.' They had some other hard words, and in the meantime the journeyman, impudent and unmanly to the last degree, used me barbarously, and one of them, the same that first seized upon me, pretended he would search me, and began to lay hands on me.