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 for charter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Charter \Char"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chartered; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Chartering.]
     1. To establish by charter.
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     2. To hire or let by charter, as a ship. See Charter party,
        under Charter, n.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Charter \Char"ter\, n. [OF. chartre, F. chartre, charte, fr. L.
     chartula a little paper, dim. of charta. See Chart,
     Card.]
     1. A written evidence in due form of things done or granted,
        contracts made, etc., between man and man; a deed, or
        conveyance. [Archaic]
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     2. An instrument in writing, from the sovereign power of a
        state or country, executed in due form, bestowing rights,
        franchises, or privileges.
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              The king [John, a.d. 1215], with a facility somewhat
              suspicious, signed and sealed the charter which was
              required of him. This famous deed, commonly called
              the "Great Charter," either granted or secured very
              important liberties and privileges to every order of
              men in the kingdom.                   --Hume.
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     3. An act of a legislative body creating a municipal or other
        corporation and defining its powers and privileges. Also,
        an instrument in writing from the constituted authorities
        of an order or society (as the Freemasons), creating a
        lodge and defining its powers.
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     4. A special privilege, immunity, or exemption.
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              My mother,
              Who has a charter to extol her blood,
              When she does praise me, grieves me.  --Shak.
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     5. (Com.) The letting or hiring a vessel by special contract,
        or the contract or instrument whereby a vessel is hired or
        let; as, a ship is offered for sale or charter. See
        Charter party, below.
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     Charter land (O. Eng. Law), land held by charter, or in
        socage; bookland.
  
     Charter member, one of the original members of a society or
        corporation, esp. one named in a charter, or taking part
        in the first proceedings under it.
  
     Charter party [F. chartre partie, or charte partie, a
        divided charter; from the practice of cutting the
        instrument of contract in two, and giving one part to each
        of the contractors] (Com.), a mercantile lease of a
        vessel; a specific contract by which the owners of a
        vessel let the entire vessel, or some principal part of
        the vessel, to another person, to be used by the latter in
        transportation for his own account, either under their
        charge or his.
  
     People's Charter (Eng. Hist.), the document which embodied
        the demands made by the Chartists, so called, upon the
        English government in 1838.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  charter
      n 1: a document incorporating an institution and specifying its
           rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the
           certificate of incorporation
      2: a contract to hire or lease transportation
      v 1: hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and
           services [syn: rent, hire, charter, lease]
      2: grant a charter to
      3: engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an
         apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we
         take a guide in Rome?" [syn: lease, rent, hire,
         charter, engage, take]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  103 Moby Thesaurus words for "charter":
     OK, accredit, admission, agreement, allowance, approve, assign,
     authority, authorize, bareboat charter, brevet, certificate,
     certify, charge, commission, commit, compact, concession, consent,
     consign, contract, conveyance, covenant, deed, delegate, depute,
     deputize, detach, detail, devolute, devolve, devolve upon, diploma,
     diplomatic immunity, discharge, dispensation, document, empower,
     enable, enfranchise, engage, entitle, entrust, exception,
     exemption, farm, farm out, franchise, give in charge,
     give official sanction, give power, grant, hire, hire out, hiring,
     immunity, job, lease, lease out, lease-back, lease-lend, leave,
     legalize, legislative immunity, legitimize, lend-lease, let,
     let off, let out, letters patent, liberty, license, mission, okay,
     patent, permission, permission to enter, permit, post, privilege,
     qualify, ratify, recognize, release, rent, rent out, rental, right,
     royal grant, sanction, send out, special permission, sublease,
     sublet, subrent, ticket, ticket of admission, transfer, underlet,
     validate, vouchsafement, waiver, warrant
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CHARTER, mar. contr. An agreement by which a vessel is hired by the owner to 
  another; as A B chartered the ship Benjamin Franklin to C D. 
  
  

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