[shahr-zhey, shahr-zhey; French shar-zhey]
noun, plural chargés [shahr-zheyz, shahr-zheyz; French shar-zhey] .
a chargé d'affaires.

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charge (tʃɑːdʒ)
1.  to set or demand (a price): he charges too much for his services
2.  (tr) to hold financially liable; enter a debit against
3.  (tr) to enter or record as an obligation against a person or his account
4.  (tr) to accuse or impute a fault to (a person, etc), as formally in a court of law
5.  (tr) to command; place a burden upon or assign responsibility to: I was charged to take the message to headquarters
6.  to make a rush at or sudden attack upon (a person or thing)
7.  (tr) to fill (a receptacle) with the proper or appropriate quantity
8.  (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
9.  to fill or suffuse or to be filled or suffused with matter by dispersion, solution, or absorption: to charge water with carbon dioxide
10.  (tr) to fill or suffuse with feeling, emotion, etc: the atmosphere was charged with excitement
11.  (tr) law (of a judge) to address (a jury) authoritatively
12.  (tr) to load (a firearm)
13.  (tr) to aim (a weapon) in position ready for use
14.  (tr) heraldry to paint (a shield, banner, etc) with a charge
15.  (intr) (of hunting dogs) to lie down at command
16.  a price charged for some article or service; cost
17.  a financial liability, such as a tax
18.  a debt or a book entry recording it
19.  an accusation or allegation, such as a formal accusation of a crime in law
20.  a.  an onrush, attack, or assault
 b.  the call to such an attack in battle
21.  custody or guardianship
22.  a person or thing committed to someone's care
23.  a.  a cartridge or shell
 b.  the explosive required to discharge a firearm or other weapon
 c.  an amount of explosive material to be detonated at any one time
24.  the quantity of anything that a receptacle is intended to hold
25.  physics
 a.  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
 b.  a similar property of a body or system determined by the extent to which it contains an excess or deficiency of electrons
 c.  a quantity of electricity determined by the product of an electric current and the time for which it flows, measured in coulombs
 d.  the total amount of electricity stored in a capacitor
 e.  q, Q the total amount of electricity held in an accumulator, usually measured in ampere-hours
26.  a load or burden
27.  a duty or responsibility; control
28.  a command, injunction, or order
29.  slang a thrill
30.  law the address made by a judge to the jury at the conclusion of the evidence
31.  heraldry a design, device, or image depicted on heraldic arms: a charge of three lions
32.  the solid propellant used in rockets, sometimes including the inhibitor
33.  in charge in command
34.  in charge of
 a.  having responsibility for
 b.  (US) under the care of
[C13: from Old French chargier to load, from Late Latin carricāre; see carry]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. chargier "load, burden," from L.L. carricare "to load a wagon, cart," from L. carrus "wagon" (see car). Meaning "responsibility, burden" is mid-14c. (cf. take charge, late 14c.; in charge, 1510s), which progressed to "pecuniary burden, cost" (mid-15c.),
and then to "price demanded for service or goods" (1510s). Legal sense of "accusation" is late 15c.; earlier "injunction, order" (late 14c.). Sense of "rush in to attack" is 1560s, perhaps through earlier meaning of "load a weapon" (1540s). Electrical sense is from 1767. Slang meaning "thrill, kick" (Amer.Eng.) is from 1951. Chargé d'affairs was borrowed from French, 1767.
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Science Dictionary
charge  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (chärj)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
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.
The university is allowed to charge fees, which cannot be used for
  instructional purposes.
The first is to charge readers for individual articles.
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