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     n 1: (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense;
          "he was arrested on a charge of larceny" [syn: complaint]
     2: the price charged for some article or service; "the
        admission charge"
     3: an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence;
        "the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of
        drunken driving" [syn: accusation]
     4: request for payment of a debt; "they submitted their charges
        at the end of each month" [syn: billing]
     5: a impetuous rush toward someone or something; "the
        wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary"; "the
        battle began with a cavalry charge"
     6: the quantity of unbalanced electricity in a body (either
        positive or negative) and construed as an excess or
        deficiency of electrons; "the battery needed a fresh
        charge" [syn: electric charge]
     7: financial liabilities (such as a tax); "the charges against
        the estate"
     8: a person committed to your care; "the teacher led her
        charges across the street"
     9: attention and management implying responsibility for safety;
        "he is under the care of a physician" [syn: care, tutelage,
     10: a task that has been assigned to a person or group; "a
         confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver
         a message" [syn: mission, commission]
     11: a formal statement of a command or injunction to do
         something; "the judge's charge to the jury" [syn: commission,
     12: a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time; "this
         cartridge has a powder charge of 50 grains" [syn: burster,
          bursting charge, explosive charge]
     13: the swift release of a store of affective force; "they got a
         great bang out of it"; "what a rush!"; "he does it for
         kicks" [syn: bang, boot, rush, flush, thrill, kick]
     14: (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea
         or person or object; "Freud thought of cathexis as a
         psychic analog of an electrical charge" [syn: cathexis]
     15: heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a
         shield [syn: bearing, heraldic bearing, {armorial
     v 1: to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle:  "he
          saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork." [syn: {bear
     2: blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior
        against: "he charged me director with indifference" [syn:
     3: demand payment; "Will I get charged for this service?" "We
        were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although e stayed
        only 3 nights" [syn: bill]
     4: move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street";
        "He came charging into my office" [syn: tear, shoot, {shoot
        down}, buck]
     5: assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to; "He was
        appointed deputy manager"; "She was charged with
        supervising the creation of a concordance" [syn: appoint]
     6: file a formal charge against; "The suspect was charged with
        murdering his wife" [syn: lodge, file]
     7: make an accusatory claim; "The defense attorney charged that
        the jurors were biased"
     8: fill or load to capacity; "charge the wagon with hay" [ant:
     9: enter a certain amount as a charge; "he charged me $15"
     10: cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution; "After
         the second episode, she had to be committed"; "he was
         committed to prison" [syn: commit, institutionalize,
         institutionalise, send]
     11: give over to another for care or safekeeping; "consign your
         baggage" [syn: consign]
     12: pay with a credit card; pay with plastic money; postpone
         payment by recording a purchase as a debt; "Will you pay
         cash or charge the purchase?" [ant: pay cash]
     13: lie down on command, of hunting dogs
     14: cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker
         charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks" [syn:
          agitate, rouse, turn on, commove, excite, {charge
         up}] [ant: calm]
     15: place a heraldic bearing on; of weapons, shields, and
     16: provide with munition "He loaded his gun carefully" [syn: load]
     17: direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged
         his weapon at me" [syn: level, point]
     18: impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; "He charged
         her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
         [syn: saddle, burden]
     19: instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the
         weighing of evidence
     20: instruct or command with authority; "The teacher charged the
         children to memorize the poem"
     21: attribute responsibility to; "We blamed the accident on
         her"; "The tragedy was charged to her inexperience" [syn:
     22: set or ask for a certain price; "How much do you charge for
         lunch?" "This fellow charges $100 for a massage"
     23: cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on (a
         conductor, for example)
     24: energize a battery by passing a current through it in the
         direction opposite to discharge; "I need to charge my car
     25: saturate; "The room was charged with tension and anxiety"