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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.


See also: charge
References in classic literature ?
You are acquitted of this charge, Nathaniel Bumppo,” said the Judge.
This charge was so fierce, so skillfully conducted, that Chanleu was almost surrounded.
This charge is levied by some mutual funds when you transfer money from one fund to another within the same mutual fund family.
For most consumers this charge was an annoyance, but over time it added up, and for Farmers it added up to millions of dollars," said Blood.
AT&T claims that this charge is for the purpose of recouping from its customers AT&T's required contribution to the federally mandated Universal Service Fund, which sponsors various programs including providing telephone discounts to low income citizens and helping to provide affordable telecommunications services to residents of rural areas.
SBC is also significantly reducing the shipping and handling charge to $89, and this charge will be billed at the time the order is placed.
A significant portion of this charge, approximately $20 million, is expected to be recorded in the third quarter ended September 26, 1999 and the remainder is expected to be recorded in the fourth quarter, ending December 31, 1999.
This charge covers incurred losses in the third quarter and expected losses in the fourth quarter.
The distribution portion of this charge will be based on company performance in accordance with standards set by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU).