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"load" in British English

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uk   /ləʊd/  us   /loʊd/

load noun (AMOUNT CARRIED)

B2 [C] the ​amount of ​weightcarried, ​especially by a ​vehicle, a ​structure such as a ​bridge, or an ​animal: The ​maximum load for this ​elevator is eight persons. One ​truckinvolved in the ​accident was carrying a ​heavy load ofcoal.a load (also loads) informal B1 a lot: I've got a load ofwork to get through before ​tomorrow. There were a load ofpeople there. Have some more ​food - there's loads. She ​looks loads ​better with her new ​haircut. [C] specialized physics the ​amount of ​electricalpower 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 ​helpspread the load. I've got a heavy/​lightteaching load this ​term. [S] a ​painful, ​difficult, or tiringsituation to ​deal with: I ​wish I could do something to lightenyour load (= make ​yoursituationeasier).


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/​washingmachine
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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 ​fastfoods 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 ​brightlight.

load verb (COMPUTER)

B2 [I or T] to put ​information or a ​program onto a ​computer: You need to load this ​program onto ​yourcomputer. The ​software is ​easy to load.
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uk   /-ləʊd/  us   /-loʊd/
all the ​people or ​goods in the ​statedtype of ​vehicle or ​container: a coachload of ​footballfans Busloads oftouristspour into this ​place in the ​summer. Truckloads of ​food and ​medicalsuppliesarrived in the ​refugeecamp.
(Definition of load from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"load" in American English

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loadnoun [C]

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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 ​normalteaching load at this ​university is three ​courses each ​semester.

loadverb [T]

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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)

"-load" in Business English

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used with other nouns to refer to a ​vehicle, large ​container, etc. that is completely ​full: truckload/planeload/busload Planeloads of ​aidsent to the ​disasterregion remain undistributed. The ​auditors have ​requested boxloads ofdocuments.

loadnoun [C]

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TRANSPORT an ​amount of ​goods or ​peopletransported 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 ​aviationsystem. carry/​deliver/​transport a loada load of sth The ​tanker was ​commissioned to ​pick up a load of ​hazardousmaterials.
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 ​helpshare the load of ​investing in ​infrastructure. heavy/​light/​increased load
FINANCE a ​charge that you ​pay when you ​buy or ​sellshares in an ​investmentcompany
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 ​investorsbuyinggold.


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[I or T] TRANSPORT to put ​goods onto a ​vehicle to ​transport them: A ​surge in ​trade has seen up to 90 ​vessels a week at the ​port waiting to load their ​cargoes. Trucks were loading and ​unloading at the ​warehouse.load sth with sth The ​tanker was loaded with four million ​gallons of diesel ​oil.
[I or T] IT to put a ​program or ​data onto a ​computer or ​website: load software/a file/a program The ​software is very ​easy to load. The updates don't take ​long to load.
[T] FINANCE to ​includecharges in an ​investment, ​loan, etc.: load sth with sth The ​card is ​designed to ​attractcustomers with ​poorcredit and comes loaded with ​lots of ​fees and a very ​lowcreditlimit.
(Definition of -load from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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