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[shahr-zhey, shahr-zhey; French shar-zhey] /ʃɑrˈʒeɪ, ˈʃɑr ʒeɪ; French ʃarˈʒeɪ/
noun, plural chargés
[shahr-zheyz, shahr-zheyz; French shar-zhey] /ʃɑrˈʒeɪz, ˈʃɑr ʒeɪz; French ʃarˈʒeɪ/ (Show IPA)
a chargé d'affaires.
Origin of chargé
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Examples from the web for chargé
  • Early laws fixed the price that tavern-keepers could charge for a drink, so they couldn't cater to wealthy patrons.
  • If people charge during the day, when electric load is highest, power companies may have to build peaking natural gas plants.
  • Sometimes a deferred charge load is based on the initial share purchase amount instead of the fund's value at sale.
  • Charge controllers regulate the electricity flowing from the generation source into your battery or load.
  • The university is allowed to charge fees, which cannot be used for instructional purposes.
  • The first is to charge readers for individual articles.
  • If the charge has not completed, then the pending authorizations will come off within a few business days.
  • There is a way to charge your car during day light hours for free.
  • So my first job was helping people find the lots they couldn't locate and being in charge of the keys to the locked cabinets.
  • There is no additional charge other than general admission.
British Dictionary definitions for chargé


to set or demand (a price): he charges too much for his services
(transitive) to hold financially liable; enter a debit against
(transitive) to enter or record as an obligation against a person or his account
(transitive) to accuse or impute a fault to (a person, etc), as formally in a court of law
(transitive) to command; place a burden upon or assign responsibility to: I was charged to take the message to headquarters
to make a rush at or sudden attack upon (a person or thing)
(transitive) to fill (a receptacle) with the proper or appropriate quantity
(often foll by up) to cause (an accumulator, capacitor, etc) to take or store electricity or (of an accumulator) to have electricity fed into it
to fill or suffuse or to be filled or suffused with matter by dispersion, solution, or absorption: to charge water with carbon dioxide
(transitive) to fill or suffuse with feeling, emotion, etc: the atmosphere was charged with excitement
(transitive) (law) (of a judge) to address (a jury) authoritatively
(transitive) to load (a firearm)
(transitive) to aim (a weapon) in position ready for use
(transitive) (heraldry) to paint (a shield, banner, etc) with a charge
(intransitive) (of hunting dogs) to lie down at command
a price charged for some article or service; cost
a financial liability, such as a tax
a debt or a book entry recording it
an accusation or allegation, such as a formal accusation of a crime in law
  1. an onrush, attack, or assault
  2. the call to such an attack in battle
custody or guardianship
a person or thing committed to someone's care
  1. a cartridge or shell
  2. the explosive required to discharge a firearm or other weapon
  3. an amount of explosive material to be detonated at any one time
the quantity of anything that a receptacle is intended to hold
  1. the attribute of matter by which it responds to electromagnetic forces responsible for all electrical phenomena, existing in two forms to which the signs negative and positive are arbitrarily assigned
  2. a similar property of a body or system determined by the extent to which it contains an excess or deficiency of electrons
  3. a quantity of electricity determined by the product of an electric current and the time for which it flows, measured in coulombs
  4. the total amount of electricity stored in a capacitor
  5. the total amount of electricity held in an accumulator, usually measured in ampere-hours q, Q
a load or burden
a duty or responsibility; control
a command, injunction, or order
(slang) a thrill
(law) the address made by a judge to the jury at the conclusion of the evidence
(heraldry) a design, device, or image depicted on heraldic arms: a charge of three lions
the solid propellant used in rockets, sometimes including the inhibitor
in charge, in command
in charge of
  1. having responsibility for
  2. (US) under the care of
Word Origin
C13: from Old French chargier to load, from Late Latin carricāre; see carry
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Word Origin and History for chargé



early 13c., "to load, fill," from Old French chargier "to load, burden, weigh down," from Late Latin carricare "to load a wagon or cart," from Latin carrus "wagon" (see car). Senses of "entrust," "command," "accuse" all emerged in Middle English and were found in Old French. Sense of "rush in to attack" is 1560s, perhaps through earlier meaning of "load a weapon" (1540s). Related: Charged; charging. Chargé d'affaires was borrowed from French, 1767, literally "charged with affairs."


c.1200, "a load, a weight," from Old French charge "load, burden; imposition," from chargier "to load, to burden" (see charge (v.)). Meaning "responsibility, burden" is mid-14c. (e.g. take charge, late 14c.; in charge, 1510s), which progressed to "pecuniary burden, cost, burden of expense" (mid-15c.), and then to "price demanded for service or goods" (1510s). Legal sense of "accusation" is late 15c.; earlier "injunction, order" (late 14c.). Electrical sense is from 1767. Slang meaning "thrill, kick" (American English) is from 1951.

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chargé in Science
  1. A fundamental property of the elementary particles of which matter is made that gives rise to attractive and repulsive forces. There are two kinds of charge: color charge and electric charge. See more at color charge, electric charge.

  2. The amount of electric charge contained in an object, particle, or region of space.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chargé


  1. An injection of a narcotic (1920s+ Narcotics)
  2. (also large charge) An acute thrill of pleasure; blast, kick, rush: What kind of ol' creep'd get a charge out of this stuff? (1930s+ Jazz musicians)
  3. Marijuana (1950s+ Narcotics)

To rob (1930s+ Underworld)

Related Terms

get a bang (or charge) out of someone or something, large charge

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Idioms and Phrases with chargé
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