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overload

verb [T] uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈləʊd/ us    /ˌoʊ.vɚˈloʊd/
C1 to put too many things in or on something: Don't overload the washing machine, or it won't work properly. to put too much electricity through an electrical system C2 to give someone more work or problems than they can deal with: Try not to overload yourself with work.

overload

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈəʊ.və.ləʊd/ us    /ˈoʊ.vɚ.loʊd/
C2 the fact that something or someone is overloaded: People today suffer from information overload (= being given too much information). There was an overload on the electrical circuit and the fuse blew.
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