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"unload" in British English

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unloadverb

uk   /ʌnˈləʊd/  us   /-ˈloʊd/
  • unload verb (REMOVE)

C1 [I or T] to ​remove the ​contents of something, ​especially a load of ​goods from a ​vehicle, the ​bullets from a ​gun or the ​film from a ​camera: We ​watched a ​ship unloading (​sacks of ​flour).

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(Definition of unload from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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unloadverb [I/T]

 us   /ʌnˈloʊd/
to ​remove the ​contents of something such as ​goods from a ​vehicle, the ​bullets from a ​gun, or the ​film from a ​camera: [T] She unloaded her ​grocerybags from the back of the ​minivan. infml If you unload something that you no ​longerwant, you get ​rid of it: [T] Monaghan has said he is ​ready to unload his ​pizzabusiness and ​retire to Florida.
(Definition of unload from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"unload" in Business English

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unloadverb

uk   us   /ʌnˈləʊd/
[I or T] TRANSPORT to ​removegoods from a ​vehicle or ​ship: Trucking ​companies are ​trying to ​cut the ​timedriversspend waiting in ​line to ​load or unload. The ​port will ​spend $300 million to ​build a new ​containerterminal, where ​shipsload and unload ​cargo.
[T] FINANCE to get rid of or ​sell something, because it has gone down in ​value, is ​illegal, or is of ​poorquality: The ​bankasked them to unload $1 ​billion of Treasury ​bonds. With ​marketsslipping, ​insurers have been unloading ​shares to ​maintain the ​cushion between their ​assets and liabilities.
(Definition of unload from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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