Charge v. t. [imp. & p. p. Charged p. pr. & vb. n. Charging.]
1. To lay on or impose, as a load, tax, or burden; to load; to fill.
A carte that charged was with hay. --Chaucer.
The charging of children's memories with rules. --Locke.
2. To lay on or impose, as a task, duty, or trust; to command, instruct, or exhort with authority; to enjoin; to urge earnestly; as, to charge a jury; to charge the clergy of a diocese; to charge an agent.
Moses . . . charged you to love the Lord your God. --Josh. xxii. 5.
Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition. --Shak.
3. To lay on, impose, or make subject to or liable for.
When land shall be charged by any lien. --Kent.
4. To fix or demand as a price; as, he charges two dollars a barrel for apples.
5. To place something to the account of as a debt; to debit, as, to charge one with goods. Also, to enter upon the debit side of an account; as, to charge a sum to one.
6. To impute or ascribe; to lay to one's charge.
No more accuse thy pen, but charge the crime
On native sloth and negligence of time. --Dryden.
7. To accuse; to make a charge or assertion against (a person or thing); to lay the responsibility (for something said or done) at the door of.
If he did that wrong you charge him with. --Tennyson.
8. To place within or upon any firearm, piece of apparatus or machinery, the quantity it is intended and fitted to hold or bear; to load; to fill; as, to charge a gun; to charge an electrical machine, etc.
Their battering cannon charged to the mouths. --Shak.
9. To ornament with or cause to bear; as, to charge an architectural member with a molding.
10. Her. To assume as a bearing; as, he charges three roses or; to add to or represent on; as, he charges his shield with three roses or.
11. To call to account; to challenge. [Obs.]
To charge me to an answer. --Shak.
12. To bear down upon; to rush upon; to attack.
Charged our main battle's front. --Shak.
Syn: -- To intrust; command; exhort; instruct; accuse; impeach; arraign. See Accuse.
adj 1: of a particle or body or system; having a net amount of
positive or negative electric charge; "charged
particles"; "a charged battery" [ant: uncharged]
2: fraught with great emotion; "an atmosphere charged with
excitement"; "an emotionally charged speech" [syn: supercharged]
3: supplied with carbon dioxide [syn: aerated]
4: capable of producing violent emotion or arousing
controversy; "the highly charged issue of abortion"