verb (used with object), re·charged, re·charg·ing.
- to charge again with electricity.
- Informal. to refresh or restore; revitalize.
verb (used without object), re·charged, re·charg·ing.
- to make a new charge, especially to attack again.
- Informal. to revive or restore energy, stamina, enthusiasm, etc.
- an act or instance of recharging.
- Geology. the processes by which ground water is absorbed into the zone of saturation.
- to cause (an accumulator, capacitor, etc) to take up and store electricity again
- to revive or renew (one’s energies) (esp in recharge one’s batteries)
early 15c., “to reload” (a vessel), from re- “again, back” + charge “to load” (q.v.); modeled on Old French rechargier “to load, load back on” (13c.). Meaning “re-power a battery” is from 1876. Related: Recharged; recharging. The noun is recorded from 1610s in English.