charge
charge 1 n
1 a: something required: obligation
b: personal management or supervision
put the child in his charge
c: a person or thing placed under the care of another
2: an authoritative instruction or command; esp: instruction in points of law given by a judge to a jury
conviction...reversed, because of trial court's charge — W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.
3 a: an incurred expense
b: the price demanded for something (as admission or use)
a finance charge
c: a debit to an account; esp: a debit resulting from unexpected operating expenses
a charge against earnings
4: a formal allegation of an offense or wrongdoing
based on a charge that was dismissedNational Law Journal see also complaint, indictment, information
charge 2 vt charged, charg·ing
1 a: to impose a task or responsibility on
was charged with protecting civil rights
b: to command or instruct with authority; esp: to give a charge to (a jury)
the jury should have been charged on common-law negligenceNational Law Journal
2 a: to make an accusation against esp. in order to bring to trial
charging her with attempted robbery see also accuse, indict
b: to allege esp. as an accusation
crimes charged in the indictment
3 a: to impose a financial liability on
charge the estate
b: to impose or record as a financial burden or liability
charge the debts to the estate
charging the loss against earnings
4 a: to fix or ask as a fee or payment
charge $4 for parking
b: to ask payment of (an individual or organization)
charge a client for expenses
charge·able adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

charge
I (accusation) noun accusatio, allegation, arraignment, attack, blame, castigation, censure, citation, complaint, condemnation, count, countercharge, crimen, crimination, delation, denouncement, denunciation, disapprobation, formal complaint, impeachment, imputation, incrimination, inculpation, indictment, information, insinuation, objurgation, plaint, presentment, recrimination, reproach, reproof, summons associated concepts: charge of a crime, charges of misconduct, criminal charge, indictment, offense charged, specifically charged II (command) noun call, commandment, commission, dictate, direction, imperative, imposition, injunction, instruction, mandate, mandatum, order, precept, proclamation, request, requirement, requisition, subpoena, summons, ultimatum, writ associated concepts: charge with responsibility III (cost) noun assessment, debit, disbursement, due, dues, exaction, exactment, expenditure, expense, fee, obligation, outlay, payment, pecuniary burden, pretium, price, quotation, rate, rent, tax, toll, valuation, value, worth associated concepts: charge against an estate, charge-off, chargeback, charging lien, deferred charges, minimum charge IV (custody) noun administration, auspices, care, chaperonage, concern, control, curare, custodia, entrusted cause, entrusted object, guardianship, guidance, jurisdiction, keeping, object of responsibility, patronage, protection, safekeeping, superintendence, supervision, trust, trusteeship, tutela, tutelage, ward, wardship, watch V (lien) noun accountability, bond, burden, claim on property, commitment, debenture, duty, encumbrance, guarantee, guaranty, hold on property, hypothecation, indebtedness, liability, obligation, pecuniary burden, pignus judidale, pledge, real security, right to dispose of property, security, security on property, tie, vadium mortuum, vadium vivum associated concepts: charging lien, incumbrance VI (responsibility) noun accountability, accountableness, allegiance, appointment, assignment, burden, commitment, engagement, function, imperative duty, inescapable duty, mission, obligation, one's duty, responsiveness, sense of duty, task, undertaking associated concepts: public charge VII (statement to the jury) noun address to the jury, adjuration, admonition, advice, declamation, definitions on the law, details on the law, direction, discourse, disquisition, exhortation, guidance, instructions, lecture, legal instructions associated concepts: charge to the jury VIII (accuse) verb accusare, arguere, arraign, attack, blame, bring accusation, censure, challenge, cite, complain against, condemn, criminate, denounce, denunciate, expostulate, file a claim, hold responsible, impute, incriminate, inculpate, indict, issue a writ, lay responsibility upon, lodge a complaint, put the blame on, recriminate, reprehend, stigmatize associated concepts: charged with crime IX (assess) verb appraise, assess a tax upon, assess pro rata, assign, assign one's share to, bill, compute, demand payment, dun, estimate, exact, fix a charge, fix the price at, give a final notice, impose, incur a debt, invoice, lay a duty upon, levy, make claims upon, present an ultimatum, present one's claim, pricing, prorate, rate, send a final demand, tax, value X (empower) verb appoint, assign, authorize, authorize formally, commission, confer power on, delegate, delegate authority to, deputize, emper, enable, endow, endow the power, engage, entrust, give authority to, give power to, grant, invest the power, invest with authoritative power, make able, mission, nominate, permit, put in care of, warrant XI (instruct on the law) verb admonish, advise, caution, counsel, detail the law, direct, exhort, give advice, give suggestions to, guide, inform, instruct, offer counsel, point out, prepare, prescribe the law, press advice on, propose legal instructions, recommend points of law, suggest, suggest conclusions of law, urge associated concepts: charging a jury XII index accusation, ad valorem, admonish (advise), agency (commission), agency (legal relationship), allegation, allege, ammunition, appoint, arraign, assessment (levy), assign (designate), assignation, assignment (task), attack, auspices, authorize, bad repute, bind (obligate), blame (responsibility), blame, bomb, brevet, brokerage, burden, cargo, cite (accuse), claim (maintain), cloud (incumbrance), command, commit (entrust), commitment (responsibility), complaint, condemn (blame), condemnation (blame), consign, constrain (compel), constraint (imprisonment), control (supervision), conviction (finding of guilt), cost (expenses), cost (price), count, criticism, custody (supervision), decree, defame, delegate, delegation (assignment), denigrate, denounce (inform against), denunciation, dependent, deprecate, detail (assign), dictate (noun), dictate (verb), direct (order), direction (guidance), direction (order), directive, due, duty (obligation), duty (tax), encumber (financially obligate), encumber (hinder), encumbrance, enjoin, estimate (approximate cost), exact, exception (objection), excise, excise (levy a tax), exhort, expenditure, expense (cost), fare, fault, generalship, grievance, impeach, impeachment, implicate, impose (enforce), imposition (tax), incriminate, incrimination, indict, indictment, inform (betray), information (charge), innuendo, instruct (direct), instruction (direction), invest (vest), involve (implicate), levy, lien, management (supervision), mandamus, mandate, mechanics lien, mission, mortgage, motivate, obligation (duty), obligation (liability), occupation (possession), office, onset (assault), onus (blame), onus (burden), outcry, outlay, part (role), payment (remittance), plead (implore), post, precept, prescribe, prescription (directive), present (prefer charges), presentment, price, proscribe (denounce), protégé, province, rate, rebuke, reprehend, rule (legal dictate), safekeeping, servitude, summon, supervision, surveillance, tax, toll (tax), trust (custody), ward, work (employment), worth

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


charge
v.
(1) To accuse someone of an offense.
(2) To entrust someone with a duty.
(3) To request money for something purchased or provided.
(4) To issue instructions to a jury as to how they should analyze the facts and arguments presented at trial.
n.
charge

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


charge
1. a formal accusation by the authorities that the accused has committed a specified offence.
2. the price to be paid for goods or services.
3. a form of security over property. In the case of a mortgage, an interest in the mortgaged property is conferred on the mortgagee, providing him with certain rights and powers to enable him to protect his investment: in contrast, in the case of a charge, the chargee acquires rights and powers but not interest. In the case of a charge by way of legal mortgage, the chargee has the same protection, powers and remedies as if a mortgage term by demise or sub-demise were vested in him (see Law of Property Act 1925). A charge may be fixed or floating: a fixed charge is a charge over a particular asset or property; a floating charge is a charge over the entire assets (from time to time changing) and undertaking of a company. Property subject to a fixed charge may not be disposed of without the consent of the chargee, whereas such consent is not required in the case of a floating charge. A charge may be legal or equitable: a legal charge (which must be created in due form, i.e. by deed) confers legal rights on the chargee that will prevail over all-comers, including a bona fide purchaser of a legal estate for value without notice; an equitable charge (which may be created informally, as, for example, by the deposit of documents of title) confers rights that prevail over all subsequent interests in the property charged except those of a bona fide purchaser for value of a legal estate for value without notice. See charge for payment.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


charge
A formal accusation of criminal activity. The prosecuting attorney decides on the charges, after reviewing police reports, witness statements, and any other evidence of wrongdoing. Formal charges are announced at an arrested person's arraignment.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

charge
Security over an asset which gives the lender the right to have the particular asset and its proceeds of sale appropriated to the discharge of the debt in question. A charge does not transfer ownership, it is merely an encumbrance on the asset.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


charge
n.
1 The formal allegation, contained in an indictment, information, or presentment, that a person committed a specific crime.
2 An instruction to the jury.
3 A claim, debt, encumbrance, or lien.
4 An individual or thing placed in another's care.
@ Allen charge
An instruction given, generally in a criminal trial, encouraging a jury to continue its deliberations after reporting a deadlock, on the basis that considerable expense and time has gone into the trial of the matter and the jury should make every effort to come to a resolution.
In criminal law, an instruction given by a judge to encourage a deadlocked jury to make a renewed effort to reach a verdict. Named after Allen v. United States (1896).
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


charge
To impose a burden, duty, obligation, or lien; to create a claim against property; to assess; to demand; to accuse; to instruct a jury on matters of law. To impose a tax, duty, or trust. To entrust with responsibilities and duties (e.g., care of another). In commercial transactions, to bill or invoice; to purchase on credit. In criminal law, to indict or formally accuse.
An encumbrance, lien, or claim; a burden or load; an obligation or duty; a liability; an accusation.
A person or thing committed to the care of another. The price of, or rate for, something.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


charge
To impose a burden, duty, obligation, or lien; to create a claim against property; to assess; to demand; to accuse; to instruct a jury on matters of law. To impose a tax, duty, or trust. To entrust with responsibilities and duties (e.g., care of another). In commercial transactions, to bill or invoice; to purchase on credit. In criminal law, to indict or formally accuse.
 
An encumbrance, lien, or claim; a burden or load; an obligation or duty; a liability; an accusation.
 
A person or thing committed to the care of another. The price of, or rate for, something.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

charge
n.
   1) in a criminal case, the specific statement of what crime the party is accused (charged with) contained in the indictment or criminal complaint.
   2) in jury trials, the oral instructions by the judge to the jurors just before the jury begins deliberations. This charge is based on jury instructions submitted by attorneys on both sides and agreed upon by the trial judge.
   3) a fee for services.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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