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1. verb To replenish a battery by connecting it to an electrical source. I have to charge my phone because the battery just died. When my car wouldn't start this morning, I had to call a service to help me charge the battery.
2. noun Control or authority over someone or something. To convey this meaning, the phrase "in charge" is typically used. With this promotion, you will be in charge of the entire department. You need to take charge of this situation before it gets out of control.
3. noun Strong feelings of excitement. I get such a charge from singing on stage that I doubt I'll be able to sleep tonight!
4. noun A drug-induced high. Be careful taking that stuff—I got too much of a charge from it last time.
5. noun A dose or portion of a drug. I just need a little charge—isn't there anything you can give me, man?

*charge (of someone or something)

control of someone or something; the responsibility for caring for someone or something. (*Typically: take ~; have ~; give someone ~.) How long have you had charge of this office? He took charge of the entire company.

charge someone or something (with) something

to make someone or a group pay the cost of something. I will have to charge Bill with the cost of repairs. The manager will charge your account with about forty dollars.


(something) for someone to demand an amount of money to pay for someone's ticket, fare, admission, treatment, etc. Tickets are expensive. They charged sixty dollars for each seat. I didn't realize they charged for children.


1. n. a dose or portion of a drug. (Drugs.) Just a little charge till I can get to my candy man.
2. n. a drug’s rush. (Drugs.) What kind of charge do you expect out of half-cashed weed?
3. n. a thrill. I got a tremendous charge out of your last letter.


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A hard arc is a high-current arc-over, usually seen as a distinct bright white or yellow spark from the high-voltage emitter of the charging applicator to a conductive surface, such as the cavity of the metal mold.
The Orleans Parish jail in Louisiana had been charging $3 to $5 for over-the-counter medication but this practice was likewise enjoined.
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In recent years the labels and warnings on melt stocks that stipulate a need for preheat before charging have become more evident, primarily to reduce the product liability of the furnace and charge manufacturers.
Because the melt area is in the old part of the foundry, and thus has limited overhead space, some creative engineering was required to design an efficient charging system.
Just five years old, the practice of charging post-consumer steel cans provides a cost-effective, high-quality charge for iron foundries.