Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “load”

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.
(Definition of load from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of load?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “load” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hoppy

like hops (= dried fruit used to make beer)

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More