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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
office government particular #602: charge church paper object

< Middle English chargen < Old French charger < Mediaeval Latin carricare (to load) < Latin carrus (a car, wagon); see car.



charge (plural charges)

  1. Responsibility.
    The child was in the nanny's charge.
  2. Someone or something entrusted to one's care, i.e. a child to a babysitter.
    The child was a charge of the nanny.
  3. A load or burden; cargo.
    The ship had a charge of colonists and their belongings.
  4. The amount of money levied for a service.
  5. An instruction.
    I gave him the charge to get the deal closed by the end of the month.
  6. (military) A ground attack against a prepared enemy.
    Pickett died leading his famous charge.
  7. An accusation.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 261a.
      we'll nail the sophist to it, if we can get him on that charge;
    That's a slanderous charge of abuse of trust.
  8. An electric charge.
  9. (basketball) An offensive foul in which the player with the ball moves into a stationary defender.
  10. A measured amount of powder and/or shot in a firearm cartridge.
  11. (heraldry) An image displayed on an escutcheon.

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