load·​ed | \ ˈlō-dəd How to pronounce loaded (audio) \

Definition of loaded

1 : carrying a load a loaded freight train : such as
a : containing an explosive charge a loaded warhead : having bullets inside a loaded handgun
b of a camera : having film inside
2 informal : having a large amount of something a store loaded with goods a report loaded with errors : such as
a : having a large amount of money : wealthy She left them a fortune and the family is now loaded.
b : equipped with an abundance of features a fully loaded car
c : filled or topped with many things a loaded baked potato
d : featuring a great amount of top-level talent a basketball team with a loaded roster a loaded competition
3 chiefly US slang : intoxicated by alcohol or drugs especially : drunk They got loaded at the party. … no matter how loaded he got, Billy did his drinking at home and always put the cans in the recycling bin … — Stephen King
4a : carrying a hidden or secondary meaning that is capable of causing unease Because "asylum" is a loaded term, it can draw attention to crucial issues facing vulnerable Americans, but it also tends to foreclose discussion of real solutions.The New York Times "You tell me," Cora said. "Do you think I had a therapist?" Aaron's mouth fell open. That was a loaded question. Any answer would be wrong.— Parnell Hall
b : weighted to favor a specific outcome loaded dice

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Examples of loaded in a Sentence

He said he didn't know the gun was loaded. the department stores were loaded with goods for the holiday shopping season

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Schley also was charged with one misdemeanor count of carrying a loaded firearm in public. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Four people, including residents of H.B. and Newport, plead not guilty in Irvine woman’s kidnapping," 5 Sep. 2019 The reigning Dual County League MVP tallied 11 goals last season and is one of 13 seniors and five all-league selections returning for a loaded Buccaneers team. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, "EMass. boys’ soccer preview: Players to watch," 2 Sep. 2019 The charges also included violations of city codes prohibiting the possession of a loaded firearm in a public place and discharge of a firearm inside the city. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Portland police arrest suspect after shots fired in King, Vernon and Concordia neighborhoods," 23 Aug. 2019 Meek wound up with 19 charges against him, several concerning his carrying a loaded firearm in public without a license to do so. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "‘Free Meek’ tracks the rapper’s lengthy battle with the criminal justice system. Here’s what we learned.," 10 Aug. 2019 Particularly since the Giants would seek a good return from a loaded team like the A’s, who likely would only be getting Bumgarner as a short-term rental. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Will the surging A’s be buyers? If so, here are their likely trade partners," 12 July 2019 While Irving rolled with a loaded Celtics team, Walker’s best help came from the likes of Nicolas Batum. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency 2019: Top 50 Players Available," 24 June 2019 Watch out for a loaded Belgium team which should win Group G and is talented enough to win the trophy. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Belgium could win it all, Rooney-less England hopes to get past Round of 16 | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 While the opener against a loaded West Virginia team is daunting, the three remaining teams combined for a 5-30 record in 2017. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SEC: The toughest nonconference schedules ranked," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of loaded

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of loaded

informal : very rich
of a gun : having bullets inside
of a camera : having film inside

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