To make a claim of wrongdoing against; accuse or blame: The police charged him with car theft. Critics charged the writer with a lack of originality. To impose a duty, responsibility, or obligation on: charged him with the task of watching the young swimmers. To set or ask (a given amount) as a price: charges ten dollars for a haircut. To hold financially liable; demand payment from: charged her for the balance due. To postpone payment on (a purchase) by recording as a debt: paid cash for the stockings but charged the new coat. To load to capacity; fill: charge a furnace with coal. To saturate; impregnate: The atmosphere was charged with tension. To load (a gun or other firearm) with a quantity of explosive: charged the musket with powder. To instruct or urge authoritatively; command: charged her not to reveal the source of information. Law To instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence. To put the blame for; attribute or impute: charged the accident to the driver's inexperience. To attack violently: The troops charged the enemy line. Basketball To bump or run into (a defender) illegally while in possession of the ball or having just made a pass or shot. Sports To bump (an opponent) so as to knock off balance or gain control of the ball, as in soccer. Sports To body-check (an opponent) illegally, from behind or after taking more than two strides, as in ice hockey. Electricity To cause formation of a net electric charge on or in (a conductor, for example). Electricity To energize (a storage battery) by passing current through it in the direction opposite to discharge. To excite; rouse: a speaker who knows how to charge up a crowd. To direct or put (a weapon) into position for use; level. Heraldry To place a charge on (an escutcheon). To rush forward in or as if in a violent attack: dogs trained to charge at intruders; children charging through the house. To demand or ask payment: did not charge for the second cup of coffee. To postpone payment for a purchase. Accounting To consider or record as a loss. Often used with off. Expense; cost.