What does charge mean?

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  1. The scope of someone's responsibility.
  2. Someone or something entrusted to one's care, such as a child to a babysitter or a student to a teacher.
  3. A load or burden; cargo.
  4. The amount of money levied for a service.
  5. An instruction.
  6. (military) A ground attack against a prepared enemy.
  7. An accusation.
  8. An electric charge.
  9. (basketball) An offensive foul in which the player with the ball moves into a stationary defender.
  10. A measured amount of powder and/or shot in a firearm cartridge.
  11. (heraldry) An image displayed on an escutcheon.
  12. A forceful forward movement.
  13. (weaponry) A position (of a weapon) fitted for attack.
  14. (farriery) A sort of plaster or ointment.
  15. (obsolete) Weight; import; value.
  16. (historical or obsolete) A measure of thirty-six pigs of lead, each pig weighing about seventy pounds; a charre.
  17. (ecclesiastical) An address given at a church service concluding a visitation.
  1. To assign a duty or responsibility to.
  2. (transitive) To assign (a debit) to an account.
  3. (transitive) To pay on account, as by using a credit card.
  4. (transitive) To require payment (of) (a price or fee, for goods, services, etc.).
  5. (possibly archaic) To sell at a given price.
  6. (law) To formally accuse (a person) of a crime.
  7. To impute or ascribe.
  8. To call to account; to challenge.
  9. (transitive) To place a burden or load on or in.
    1. To ornament with or cause to bear.
    2. (heraldry) To assume as a bearing.
    3. (heraldry) To add to or represent on.
  10. (transitive) To load equipment with material required for its use, as a firearm with powder, a fire hose with water, a chemical reactor with raw materials.
    1. (transitive) To cause to take on an electric charge.
    2. (transitive) To add energy to (a battery, or a device containing a battery).
    3. (intransitive) (Of a battery or a device containing a battery) To gain energy.
  11. (intransitive) To move forward quickly and forcefully, particularly in combat and/or on horseback.
    1. (military, transitive and intransitive) To attack by moving forward quickly in a group.
    2. (basketball) To commit a charging foul.
    3. (batsman) To take a few steps down the pitch towards the bowler as he delivers the ball, either to disrupt the length of the delivery, or to get into a better position to hit the ball.
  12. (transitive, of a hunting dog) To lie on the belly and be still. (A command given by a hunter to a dog.)
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