Load - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |loʊd|  American pronunciation of the word load
Brit.  |ləʊd|  British pronunciation of the word load


- weight to be borne or conveyed (syn: burden, loading)
- a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time(syn: loading)
- goods carried by a large vehicle (syn: cargo, consignment, freight, lading, loading, payload, shipment)
- an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate
- the power output of a generator or power plant
- an onerous or difficult concern(syn: burden, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus)
- a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks (syn: lode)
- the front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo that carries the nuclear or explosive charge or the chemical or biological agents (syn: payload, warhead)
- electrical device to which electrical power is delivered


- fill or place a load on(syn: lade, laden)
- provide (a device) with something necessary(syn: charge)
- transfer from a storage device to a computer's memory
- put (something) on a structure or conveyance
- corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones (syn: adulterate, debase, dilute, stretch)


He lifted the load onto his shoulders.

She was carrying a heavy load of legal documents in her briefcase.

He picked up a load of firewood and carried it into the house.

The truck was carrying a full load of sand.

Losing weight will lessen the load on your knees.

His death is a heavy load to bear.

Workers were loading and unloading the ships as they came into port.

We loaded up and drove off.

We loaded our luggage in the car and drove off.

Workers were loading cargo on the ships.

She loaded the table with all kinds of delicious foods.

load a tape into the VCR

The film didn't load properly.

The bus stopped to load a few more passengers.

The walls of the building carry the load of the roof.

Phrasal verbs

load up  — fill or place a load on

Word forms

I/you/we/they: load
he/she/it: loads
present participle: loading
past tense: loaded
past participle: loaded
singular: load
plural: loads
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