unload Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “unload” in the English Dictionary

"unload" in British English

See all translations

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).

expend iconexpend icon Thesaurus

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

"unload" in American English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of unload?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“unload” in British English

“unload” in Business English

Word of the Day

carnival

(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More