Meaning of “unload” in the English Dictionary

"unload" in British English

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unloadverb

uk /ʌnˈləʊd/ us /ʌnˈloʊd/

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)

"unload" in American English

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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 grocery bags from the back of the minivan.

infml If you unload something that you no longer want, you get rid of it:

[ T ] Monaghan has said he is ready to unload his pizza business 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 /ʌnˈləʊd/ us

[ I or T ] TRANSPORT to remove goods from a vehicle or ship:

Trucking companies are trying to cut the time drivers spend waiting in line to load or unload.
The port will spend $300 million to build a new container terminal, where ships load and unload cargo.

[ T ] FINANCE to get rid of or sell something, because it has gone down in value, is illegal, or is of poor quality:

The bank asked them to unload $1 billion of Treasury bonds.
With markets slipping, 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)