Define: Charge

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Charge

Quick Summary of Charge

In relation to interest or taxes, describes the reduction in ownership interest reported in the income statement (profit and loss account) due to the cost of interest and tax payable.

What is the dictionary definition of Charge?

Dictionary Definition

  • The scope of someone’s responsibility.
  • Someone or something entrusted to one’s care, such as a child to a babysitter or a student to a teacher.
  • A load or burden; cargo.


Full Definition of Charge

In property law, this is the right of a creditor, usually the mortgage lender, to receive a cash payment to cover the debt if the property is sold.

In some cases you may have borrowed further money against the value of your home, or guaranteed a bank overdraft with your home – the financial institution is described in this instance as having a second charge on your property – putting them in line to benefit from the sale after the outstanding mortgage has been settled.


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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Charge. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. February 25, 2020
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Charge are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 23rd December 2018.