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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Charge \Charge\ (ch[aum]rj), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Charged
(ch[aum]rjd); p. pr. & vb. n. Charging.] [OF. chargier, F.
charger, fr. LL. carricare, fr. L. carrus wagon. Cf. Cargo,
Caricature, Cark, and see Car.]
1. To lay on or impose, as a load, tax, or burden; to load;
A carte that charged was with hay. --Chaucer.
The charging of children's memories with rules.
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.
Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition.
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.
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.
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.
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