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"overload" in British English

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overloadverb [T]

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈləʊd/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚˈloʊd/
C1 to put too many things in or on something: Don't overload the ​washingmachine, or it won't get the ​clothesclean. to put too much ​electricity through an ​electricalsystemC2 to give someone more ​work or ​problems than they can ​deal with: Try not to overload yourself withwork.

overloadnoun [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 ​electricalcircuit and the ​fuseblew.
(Definition of overload from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overload" in American English

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overloadverb [T]

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈloʊd/
to put too ​great a ​load in or on something: Don’t overload the ​washer or it won’t ​workproperly. fig. I can’t go out ​tonight – I’m overloaded with ​work (= I have a lot of ​work to do). If you overload an ​electricalsystem, you put too much ​electricity through it.
(Definition of overload from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"overload" in Business English

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overloadverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌəʊvəˈləʊd/
to give something or someone too much ​work: Many ​companieslimitpersonaldownloads so that they don't overload the ​computersystem. We are doing our best in a ​highlycompetitiveenvironment with an overloaded ​staff.
to put too many things in or on something: The ​company had overloaded the ​truck, which was ​illegal.overload sth with sth His ​desk is overloaded with ​papers and ​books.
to put too much electricity through an ​electricalsystem: Avoid overloading ​outlets and ​extension cords.

overloadnoun [U or S]

uk   us   /ˈəʊvələʊd/
too much of something: an overload of sth There is an overload of ​factors that confront ​consumers in the ​marketplace. Investors are already ​swamped with ​information and there is a serious danger of overload.
(Definition of overload from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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