if someone or something is in your charge, you are responsible for looking after them:
teachers that do their best for the children in their charge
The files were left in your charge.
b) [countable]formalsomeone that you are responsible for looking after:
Sarah bought some chocolate for her three young charges.
[countable]SCLan official statement made by the police saying that they believe someone may be guilty of a crimeCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS on a charge (of something) bring/press charges (=state officially that someone is guilty of a crime) face charges (=be accused of a crime) drop the charges (=decide to stop making charges) deny a charge admit a charge plead guilty to a charge be released without charge be cleared/acquitted of a charge (=when someone is officially not guilty at the end of a trial) be convicted of a charge (=when someone is found guilty at the end of a trial)
The old servant fulfilled his master's charge to care for the children.
➔ reverse the charges
at reverse1 (6)WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: cost, costs, price, charge, fee, fareUse costto talk about paying for services and activities, rather than objects• The total cost of the trip was under $500.• I worked out the cost of the repairs.Your costsare the amount of money you have to spend in order to run a business or to do a particular activity• The shop was not making enough money to cover its costs.Use price to mean the amount of money that you must pay for something in a place such as a shop or restaurant• We are cutting all our prices (NOT costs) by 50% for one day only! • We were shocked by the price of a cup of coffee in London.A chargeis the amount you have to pay to have a particular service or use something• For a small charge we will also make your hotel reservations. A feeis the amount you have to pay to enter or join something• The gallery charges no entrance fee. • The fee for membership is £25 per year.It is also the amount you have to pay for a professional service• The lawyer explained her fees.A fareis the amount you have to pay to travel somewhere by bus, train, plane etc• I need some money for my bus fare. • His parents paid his fare to Sydney. ➔ See alsocostWORD FOCUS: police WORD FOCUS: police people in the police force:police officer, policeman, policewoman, detective, copinformal the building where the police work:police station what the police do:investigatecrimes, find/collectevidence, arrest people who they think are guilty of a crime,question/interrogate people about crimes,hold/detain people in custody, charge people with crimes,release people if they are innocent ➔ See alsopolice
Definition of charge from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within the topic ELECTRICITY