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[v. ree-chahrj; n. ree-chahrj, ree-chahrj] /v. riˈtʃɑrdʒ; n. riˈtʃɑrdʒ, ˈriˌtʃɑrdʒ/
verb (used with object), recharged, recharging.
to charge again with electricity.
Informal. to refresh or restore; revitalize.
verb (used without object), recharged, recharging.
to make a new charge, especially to attack again.
Informal. to revive or restore energy, stamina, enthusiasm, etc.
an act or instance of recharging.
Geology. the processes by which ground water is absorbed into the zone of saturation.
Compare water table.
Origin of recharge
1400-50; late Middle English: to reload (a vessel). See re-, charge
Related forms
recharger, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for recharge


verb (transitive)
to cause (an accumulator, capacitor, etc) to take up and store electricity again
to revive or renew (one's energies) (esp in recharge one's batteries)
Derived Forms
rechargeable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for recharge

early 15c., "to reload" (a vessel), from re- "again, back" + charge "to load" (q.v.); modeled on Old French rechargier "to load, load back on" (13c.). Meaning "re-power a battery" is from 1876. Related: Recharged; recharging. The noun is recorded from 1610s in English.

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verb phrase

To replenish one's energies, resources, etc: I came to New York to recharge my cultural batteries (mid-1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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