charge (n.)
task, responsibility, duty
1H6 II.i.62[Charles to Alen??on] [you] being captain of the watch tonight, / Did look no better to that weighty charge
3H6 V.iv.20[Queen to all, of the Prince] why not Ned and I / For once allowed the skilful pilot's charge?
AW III.iii.4[Bertram to Duke, of leading the army] it is / A charge too heavy for my strength
CE I.ii.61[Antipholus of Syracuse to Dromio of Ephesus, of the money] how darest thou trust / So great a charge from thine own custody
CE I.ii.70[Antipholus of Syracuse to Dromio of Ephesus] Where is the gold I gave in charge to thee?
CE I.ii.74[Dromio of Ephesus to Antipholus of Syracuse] My charge was but to fetch you from the mart
Mac II.ii.6[Lady Macbeth alone] the surfeited grooms / Do mock their charge with snores
MW I.iv.96[Simple aside to Mistress Quickly, of keeping Caius' house] 'Tis a great charge to come under one body's hand
MW I.iv.99[Mistress Quickly aside to Simple, on the difficulties of keeping house] You shall find it a great charge
Per III.i.27.1[Lychorida to Pericles, of the baby] Patience ... / Even for this charge [i.e. if only for the baby's sake]
TC V.ii.7[Diomedes to Cressida] How now, my charge? [i.e. one entrusted to me]
Tem I.ii.237.2[Prospero to Ariel] thy charge / Exactly is performed
Tim III.iv.27[Hortensius to Lucius's Servant] I'm weary of this charge
Tit II.ii.7[Titus to his sons, of Saturninus] let it be your charge ... / To attend the Emperor's person carefully
TNK V.ii.99.1[Messenger to Gaoler, of the field] You bear a charge there too
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