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load

noun [C]  /loʊd/ us  

load noun [C] (WEIGHT CARRIED)

the amount or weight of something carried by a vehicle, a structure such as a bridge, or a person or animal: The truck had a load of bricks. The maximum load for this elevator is eight persons. physics Load is also the weight being moved by a lever.

load noun [C] (AMOUNT OF WORK)

the amount of work to be done by a person: The normal teaching load at this university is three courses each semester.

load

verb [T]  /loʊd/ us  

load verb [T] (PUT INTO)

to put into a piece of equipment something it uses to make it work: Bill loaded and aimed his crossbow. The technician loaded a sample into the device. You need to load the new software before you can use the computer.

load verb [T] (WEIGHT CARRIED)

to put something in or on a vehicle: He could load more hay into the wagon.
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