Basic+ Word of the Day: charge

charge (verb, noun) past tense: charged LISTEN

Phones charging.

If you charge someone money, it means that you ask them for money.

  • The hotel charged me $7 for some fries.
  • If you want me to do it, I’ll have to charge you.

If you charge something, it means that you connect its battery to electricity.

  • I can use my phone for two days before I have to charge it.

If you are in charge, it means that you are responsible for something.

  • Who is in charge here? (=Who is the boss here?)
  • I’m in charge of the food for the party. (=I am responsible for the food.)

Related words

A charger is something that you use to charge a battery. It connects the battery to electricity. For example, “I can’t find the charger for my laptop.”

In pop culture

Charles in Charge was a TV show about a student called Charles. He lived in a room in a family’s house. The show was called Charles in Charge because he was also the children’s babysitter (he was in charge of the children). In this video, you can see the start of the show. Can you guess when it was on TV: the 1980s or the 1990s?

There are other meanings of charge.

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