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load

noun uk   /ləʊd/ us    /loʊd/

load noun (AMOUNT CARRIED)

B2 [C] the amount of weight carried, especially by a vehicle, a structure such as a bridge, or an animal: The maximum load for this elevator is eight persons. One truck involved in the accident was carrying a heavy load of coal.a load ( also loads) informal B1 a lot: I've got a load of work to get through before tomorrow. There were a load of people there. Have some more food - there's loads. She looks loads better with her new haircut. [C] specialized physics the amount of electrical power that is supplied
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load noun (AMOUNT TO DO)

[C] the amount of work to be done by a person: If we share the organization of the party, that will help spread the load. I've got a heavy/light teaching load this term. [S] a painful, difficult, or tiring situation to deal with: I wish I could do something to lighten your load (= make your situation easier).

load

verb uk   /ləʊd/ us    /loʊd/

load verb (CARRY)

B2 [I or T] to put a lot of things into a vehicle or machine: How long will it take to load this sand onto the lorry? Let's load up the car and then we can go. to load the dishwasher/washing machine
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be loaded down with sth to have too much to carry, or too much work to do: I was loaded down with shopping.be loaded with sth to contain a lot of something: Most fast foods are loaded with fat.
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load verb (PUT INTO)

[T] to put film in a camera or bullets in a gun: Do not load the film (= put it into the camera) in bright light.

load verb (COMPUTER)

B2 [I or T] to put information or a program onto a computer: You need to load this program onto your computer. The software is easy to load.
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