car·go | \ˈkär-(ˌ)gō \
plural cargoes or cargos

Definition of cargo 

: the goods or merchandise conveyed in a ship, airplane, or vehicle : freight Dock workers were unloading the ship's cargo.

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Examples of cargo in a Sentence

The ship was carrying a cargo of crude oil. we put all of our cargo on the pack animals and began our journey through the canyon

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The world of gigantic cargo ships and goods that are transported and sold globally is of course the polar opposite of Thoreau’s vision of intimate tranquility, making the title at once melancholy and ironic. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Walden': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 12 July 2018 Ironically, the cargo ship that brought it was named Delhi Highway. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "An Austin A40 Brings Back Life in India," 10 July 2018 Since then, cargo ships have outgrown original size projections nearly 50 percent. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Despite recent dredge, PortMiami still can't fit some large ships. New project in the works," 8 July 2018 The Internet watched one cargo ship carrying a load of soybeans race to the southern peninsula port of Dalian in Liaoning province. Washington Post,, "Trump has wanted to take on China for years. His trade war begins today," 6 July 2018 One tourist had heard the memorial had been hit by a cargo ship. Heidi Chang,, "USS Arizona Memorial, watery grave of Pearl Harbor sailors, remains closed as officials mull repairs," 3 July 2018 Last year, Broward County commissioners unanimously approved the $437.5 million expansion project to add new berths for larger cargo ships and to install the rail infrastructure for the cranes. David Lyons,, "Proposed super cranes to increase cargo volume at Port Everglades," 29 June 2018 The cargo ship is expected to arrive at the orbiting research complex Monday morning. James Dean, USA TODAY, "SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off with robot crew member," 29 June 2018 What if the Lewis & Clark class cargo ships served 50 instead of the original 40 years? Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The US Navy Could Grow to 355 Ships by 2032," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of cargo

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cargo

Spanish, load, charge, from cargar to load, from Late Latin carricare — more at charge

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The first known use of cargo was in 1657

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English Language Learners Definition of cargo

: something that is carried from one place to another by boat, airplane, etc.


car·go | \ˈkär-gō \
plural cargoes or cargos

Kids Definition of cargo

: the goods carried by a ship, airplane, or vehicle

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