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    What does 'to charge someone with something' means?

    I consulted two dictionaries. In first one it was said that it means to blame. In second one it was said it means to ask someone to do something, to assign someone some tasks, to order someone to do some task, etc.

    What is correct meaning? Are both meanings correct?

    Thanks for help.

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    Re: What does 'to charge someone with something' means?

    The verb "charge" has many meanings. Your two meanings are on the list.

    See the meanings here.

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    Re: What does 'to charge someone with something' means?

    What's the context? Your second meaning is possible, but it's not used much nowadays.
    Last edited by Tdol; 30-Aug-2014 at 09:02. Reason: typo

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    Re: What does 'to charge someone with something' means?

    It is used some in AmE. Committees can be charged to perform certain functions/tasks.

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    Re: What does 'to charge someone with something' means?

    It's not unused in BrE, but far more people are charged with crimes.

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    Re: What does 'to charge someone with something' means?

    Here too, unfortunately.

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