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Meaning of CHARTER

Pronunciation:  'chârtur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation
  2. [n]  a contract to hire or lease transportation
  3. [v]  engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"
  4. [v]  grant a charter to
  5. [v]  hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services

CHARTER is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: engage, hire, hire, lease, lease, rent, rent, take
 See Also: acquire, articles of incorporation, bank charter, certificate of incorporation, certify, contract, contract, document, get, great charter, licence, license, Magna Carta, Magna Charta, papers, undertake, written document



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Char"ter\, n. [OF. chartre, F. chartre, charte, fr. L.
    chartula a little paper, dim. of charta. See {Chart},
    1. A written evidence in due form of things done or granted,
       contracts made, etc., between man and man; a deed, or
       conveyance. [Archaic]
    2. An instrument in writing, from the sovereign power of a
       state or country, executed in due form, bestowing rights,
       franchises, or privileges.
             The king [John, a.d. 1215], with a facility somewhat
             suspicious, signed and sealed the charter which was
             required of him. This famous deed, commonly called
             the ``Great Charter,'' either granted or secured
             very important liberties and privileges to every
             order of men in the kingdom.          --Hume.
    3. An act of a legislative body creating a municipal or other
       corporation and defining its powers and privileges. Also,
       an instrument in writing from the constituted authorities
       of an order or society (as the Freemasons), creating a
       lodge and defining its powers.
    4. A special privilege, immunity, or exemption.
             My mother, Who has a charter to extol her blood,
             When she does praise me, grieves me.  --Shak.
    5. (Com.) The letting or hiring a vessel by special contract,
       or the contract or instrument whereby a vessel is hired or
       let; as, a ship is offered for sale or charter. See
       {Charter party}, below.
    {Charter land} (O. Eng. Law), land held by charter, or in
       socage; bookland.
    {Charter member}, one of the original members of a society or
       corporation, esp. one named in a charter, or taking part
       in the first proceedings under it.
    {Charter party} [F. chartre partie, or charte partie, a
       divided charter; from the practice of cutting the
       instrument of contract in two, and giving one part to each
       of the contractors] (Com.), a mercantile lease of a
       vessel; a specific contract by which the owners of a
       vessel let the entire vessel, or some principal part of
       the vessel, to another person, to be used by the latter in
       transportation for his own account, either under their
       charge or his.
    {People's Charter} (Eng. Hist.), the document which embodied
       the demands made by the Chartists, so called, upon the
       English government in 1838.
  2. \Char"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chartered}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Chartering}.]
    1. To establish by charter.
    2. To hire or let by charter, as a ship. See {Charter party},
       under {Charter}, n.
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