Definition of recharge in English:



Pronunciation /riːˈtʃɑːdʒ/
  • 1Restore electrical energy in (a battery or a battery-operated device) by connecting it to a power supply.

    ‘he plugged his razor in to recharge it’
    • ‘In a major technological accomplishment, the energy needed to recharge the internal battery is transmitted via radio waves - all without the need for wires.’
    • ‘For recharging batteries in the field, external auxiliary power units could be used, but quieter solutions were desired.’
    • ‘Users can recharge their phone or chuck it away and get another one.’
    • ‘He also recharged the system for £40: a saving of over £1,500.’
    • ‘The fuel cell then continuously recharges the battery.’
    • ‘As the batteries run low, patients simply strap on a power pack that recharges the batteries via radio waves beamed through their skin.’
    • ‘Any electric car that uses batteries needs a charging system to recharge the batteries.’
    • ‘The device uses magnetic inductive power transfer to recharge its battery - a method presently used to charge batteries sealed inside electric toothbrushes and shavers.’
    • ‘Use of solar panels with photo-voltaic cells to recharge batteries was ruled out because it adds cost to the cell and requires additional recharging circuitry.’
    • ‘The larger longer term impact of hybrids will come not from greater fuel efficiency but rather from a shift toward using electric power outlets to recharge vehicle batteries.’
    • ‘A hydrogen-powered car painted with the film could potentially convert enough energy into electricity to continually recharge the car's battery.’
    • ‘On the base of the device is the cradle connector and a separate power jack, allowing you to recharge the device when you're away from your desk.’
    • ‘Instead, it uses a USB cable for hooking up to your PC, and a separate power supply for recharging the battery.’
    • ‘At present, a single fuel cell can provide enough power to recharge a cell phone battery once.’
    • ‘A US developer is coming to market with a device which lets users recharge batteries using a foot-operated pump.’
    • ‘We can recharge the battery while the USB cable is connected to the unit.’
    • ‘The motor's battery is recharged by an electric generator powered by a gasoline engine.’
    • ‘The voltage required to properly recharge a storage battery varies with battery temperature.’
    • ‘It also supplies power to the camera and recharges the battery.’
    • ‘This camera and video recorder comes with a docking station that allows us to recharge the battery and connect the device to the PC.’
    • ‘It uses its own braking motion to create power and recharge the battery, eliminating the need to plug it into any outside power source.’
    1. 1.1no object (of a battery or battery-operated device) be refilled with electrical energy.
      ‘the drill takes about three hours to recharge’
      • ‘It recharges during braking, and feeds the electric motor and two pairs of 120-volt outlets, one in the cab, the other in a rear cargo box.’
      • ‘It says its lithium ion camcorder and digital camera batteries will recharge in under 30 minutes, three times faster than with traditional chargers.’
      • ‘It takes six hours to recharge fully but this can be done through a normal three-pin plug.’
      • ‘Equipped with 21 batteries, the boat can run for six to eight hours without recharging.’
      • ‘The rechargeable torch won't recharge, and the adding machine in my office is behaving strangely (lending some really strange forecast items to my new business plan).’
      • ‘This then transforms the energy into the direct current that the battery uses to recharge.’
      • ‘Run the pointer over the plug to monitor how quickly your laptop is recharging.’
      • ‘The other problem is that batteries need several hours to recharge.’
      • ‘It offers a five-horsepower engine, a 19-inch cutting blade and a 24-volt battery, which can recharge in just 16 hours.’
      • ‘The mini iPod will play for 8 hours off one charge, and will recharge through your computer as you update it.’
      • ‘The thin battery recharges to 80% of full capacity in only a minute.’
      • ‘Like all hybrids, their batteries recharge by recapturing energy from braking and cruising on highways.’
    2. 1.2 Refill (a cup, glass, or other container) with liquid.
      ‘we recharged our glasses’
      • ‘Another stall has been established at the show to educate the public on and seek their support to a significant scheme to revive ponds in Coimbatore with the aim to recharging groundwater.’
      • ‘Large, intact portions of the Cienega Corridor allow for rain and snowmelt to enter the ground and recharge our drinking water reservoirs.’
      • ‘Sometimes with cricket it is best not to worry too much about the contest but instead settle back into a comfortable seat, recharge your glass and enjoy the surroundings.’
      • ‘Pumping out water without recharging aquifers is perilous.’
      • ‘By retaining the water in the drain, the aquifers have been recharged.’
      • ‘However, they did not explain how the depleting groundwater table could be recharged (without desilting the channel) if the tank did not get enough water.’
      • ‘There is a limit to the amount to which it will be possible to exploit groundwater aquifers without recharging them, and there has been much discussion and even a bit of action, about the need for constructing water harvesting structures.’
      • ‘This was all getting rather difficult by now and I began to regret recharging my glass before coming upstairs.’
      • ‘Paddy fields functioned as ‘storing ponds’ of rainwater and helped in recharging the groundwater.’
      • ‘After development, precipitation no longer percolates through the soil to recharge the groundwater.’
      • ‘Considering the underground water levels in the area have depleted to record lows, there is a greater need to recharge ground-water.’
      • ‘For centuries, this land has served to recharge groundwater, supporting vegetable growers, hosting hundreds of bird species.’
      • ‘The rainwater drainage system recharges the groundwater with runoff.’
      • ‘The current method of digging pits for storing rainwater for recharging groundwater is hence a brilliant idea.’
      • ‘Problems can arise even if the rate of groundwater withdrawals doesn't exceed the rate at which precipitation recharges the aquifer, says Alley.’
      • ‘Conserving rainwater to recharge the groundwater is a remarkable idea.’
      • ‘In some cases, it might be possible to recharge aquifers by collecting precipitation during the rainy season in ponds or bunded fields - that would otherwise flow to the sea - and allow it to percolate down into the aquifer.’
      • ‘The next day, both of them combed the farm in search of ideal locations for recharging groundwater.’
      • ‘Water is stored the way nature stores it in regenerated wetlands, recharged aquifers, and along recovered flood plains that are also refuges for wildlife.’
      • ‘Yes, we catch the water through an embankment and the water recharges the underground aquifers.’
      refill, top up, fill up, replenish, reload, resupply
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    3. 1.3no object Be refilled.
      ‘the rate at which the aquifer recharges naturally’
      • ‘It can take centuries for aquifers to recharge, so the world is currently running a groundwater overdraft of 200 billion cubic metres a year.’
      • ‘Because deep aquifers are slow to recharge, the reservoirs are essentially a nonrenewable resource that's being mined.’
    4. 1.4no object (of a person) return to a normal state of mind or strength after a period of exertion.
      ‘she needs a bit of time to recharge after giving so much of herself’
      • ‘You can recharge even faster if you take your shoes and socks off and walk barefoot through the grass.’


mass noun
Pronunciation /ˈriːtʃɑːdʒ/
  • The replenishment of an aquifer by the absorption of water.

    ‘extensive areas of trees reduce recharge to the underlying aquifers’
    • ‘It's a natural drain for floodwaters and serves as a tremendous source of ground water recharge.’
    • ‘The construction of high-density housing will make much of the ground impermeable and thus will reduce recharge to the moraine.’
    • ‘Adding more trees will improve air quality, reduce stormwater runoff, slow soil erosion, and improve water quality and recharge.’
    • ‘‘For example,’ notes Porter, ‘in the fall, these areas often get a soil moisture recharge in the form of rain.’’
    • ‘The combined demand for water is currently greater than the area's natural recharge.’
    • ‘Today, we are not using the natural recharge in these aquifers.’
    • ‘The artificial recharge of aquifers could help to counter overexploitation of groundwater resources.’
    • ‘Condensation of water vapour in the atmosphere over the oceans returns it directly to its source, and its condensation over land accounts for surface flow, recharge of underground water aquifers, and plant and animal life.’
    • ‘Cut down on lawn areas, use ground covers, and avoid water-impermeable paving that restricts aquifer recharge.’
    • ‘It is a good step, but areas suitable for rooftop collection and areas suitable for artificial recharge of groundwater have not been identified so far.’
    • ‘These will include the halting of further development along the main fracture zones, along the foothills of the Auas mountains in the main recharge areas of the aquifer.’
    • ‘Important findings were the significance of permafrost in greatly reducing recharge during cold climates, and the development of increased transmissivity of the Chalk aquifer in the post-glacial period.’
    • ‘Roof-top rain water harvesting in this area is needed where the rain water pipes are to be embedded for some length below ground level to enable adequate recharge of groundwater.’
    • ‘Southwest Nebraska still remains a concern due to effects from the prolonged drought on hydrological components including streamflow rates and reservoir recharge.’
    • ‘While for the farmers an early and good monsoon is a harbinger of a bumper harvest, for hydrogeologists it means the recharge of aquifers - the underground water reservoirs.’
    • ‘Extraction of water from aquifers in India exceeds recharge by a factor of two or more.’
    • ‘One factor contributing to salinity is the raising of water tables as a result of accelerated recharge of underground water from irrigated land, which results in increased salt loads entering river systems.’
    • ‘Now the safe yield has been defined as the attainment and maintenance of a long-term balance between the amount of ground water withdrawn annually and the annual amount of recharge.’
    • ‘And consideration of the impacts that climate change will have and how we can adapt to these changes requires work on topics such as permafrost stability and groundwater recharge.’
    • ‘Urban salinity may arise in urban areas due to changes to the natural hydrological cycle that can increase groundwater recharge.’


  • recharge one's batteries

    • Regain one's strength and energy by resting for a time.

      ‘you said you wanted to get away from it all and recharge your batteries’
      • ‘This trip was to help me relax and recharge my batteries.’
      • ‘Since then, he's been recharging his batteries and getting ready for his next big move.’
      • ‘Surrounded by stunning coastal scenery, the centre is the ideal location for Deirdre and Margaret to relax and recharge their batteries.’
      • ‘This is really all about recharging our batteries.’
      • ‘You have very little time to recharge your batteries, unwind and get going again.’
      • ‘I haven't been there since the start of the year, but, it is one of my favourite spots in the island to relax and recharge my batteries.’
      • ‘They've recharged their batteries after the Tottenham match and they are full of energy.’
      • ‘It also changes how the people inside those companies operate - how they communicate, how they share ideas, even how they relax and recharge their batteries.’
      • ‘Holidays are supposed to be a time when people unwind and recharge their batteries.’
      • ‘Slumber not only helps recharge our batteries, but some evidence suggests it can actually help ward off major illness, including diabetes.’
      relax, take a rest, ease off, ease up, let up, slow down, pause, have a break, take a break, unbend, repose, laze, idle, loaf, do nothing, take time off, slack off, unwind, recharge one's batteries, be at leisure, take it easy, sit back, sit down, stand down, lounge, luxuriate, loll, slump, flop, put one's feet up, lie down, go to bed, have a nap, take a nap, nap, catnap, doze, have a siesta, take a siesta, drowse, sleep
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