load

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load is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
load

Pronunciation[change]

Homophones[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
load

Plural
loads

  1. (countable) A load is something carried, often something heavy.
    The truck arrived with a load of dog food.
    You've got quite a load. Let me help you carry it.
    The ship won't leave until it has a full load of oil.
  2. Loads/a load of something is a lot of it.
    We've had a load of problems ever since we got the new stuff.
    It costs loads of money.
  3. (uncountable) Your load is how much work you have.
    We hired another person to spread the load a bit more.
    Teachers are asking for a lower teaching load.
  4. (uncountable) Load is the amount electrical power produced.

Verb[change]

Plain form
load

Third-person singular
loads

Past tense
loaded

Past participle
loaded

Present participle
loading

The ship is loaded with food.
  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you load x on y, you put x on y to be carried. Usually there is a lot of x, and/or it is heavy.
    We loaded the boxes on the truck and set off for Vancouver.
    After loading' up the horses, we got on and headed north.
    The waiter loaded all the food onto a tray and carried it out.
  2. (transitive) If you load a machine, you put in supplies that the machine uses.
    He loaded the gun, brought it up, and shot the deer in one continuous motion.
    All the software has been loaded onto the computer.

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