› TRANSPORT an amount of goods or people transported by road, railway, or air: The total maximum load is four hundred kilograms. heavy/large/full load Heavy passenger loads put stress on the nation's aviation system. carry/deliver/transport a loada load of sth The tanker was commissioned to pick up a load of hazardous materials.
› WORKPLACE the amount of work to be done by a person, an organization, or a machine: lighten/reduce a load Workers have asked whether the bank intends to lighten their load by hiring more staff.share/spread the load British manufacturing is looking to other sectors to help share the load of investing in infrastructure. heavy/light/increased load
› FINANCE a charge that you pay when you buy or sell shares in an investment company
› ECONOMICS, FINANCE an amount of money, usually a large amount, that a person, company, or country has to pay: debt/tax load A ruling by the European Union lightened the tax load on investors buying gold. → See also back-end load, caseload, deadweight, front-end load, Full Container Load, less-than-container load, load factor, payload, sales load, workload