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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
Recent Examples on the Web The corner is playing off of Smith, and that gives Jones enough space to fire the ball out onto the perimeter instead of handing the ball off into a loaded front. cleveland, "Previewing the Ohio State-Alabama CFP Championship: Jimmies and Joes vs. X’s and O’s," 6 Jan. 2021 Combined with alloy spring loaded clips, this lanyard gives you versatility to secure your phone via tying, looping, or clipping to your person, craft, or gear. Field & Stream, "Best Waterproof Phone Pouch: Smart Ways to Protect A Smartphone," 5 Jan. 2021 Kaike's Melt cleanser seeks to keep things in balance by replicating the skin’s sebum layer with an antioxidant-loaded mix of oils including linoleic acid-rich grapeseed and anti-inflammatory hemp. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why a Cleansing Oil Is the Secret to Glowing Skin This Winter," 2 Jan. 2021 For now, with play about to begin anew, the old puck has been reborn, chock full of new technology, and no doubt loaded with the same old capricious bounces that make hockey so infuriating and intoxicating. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "NHL puck is going high-tech," 2 Jan. 2021 If you are not set up and/or eligible for direct deposit, a paper check or pre-loaded card will be sent via mail. Danielle Campoamor, refinery29.com, "Trump Signed The COVID Relief Bill. Does This Mean We Won’t Get His Proposed $2,000?," 28 Dec. 2020 An alternate interpretation: The Rays remain loaded. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "As Kevin Cash reflects on World Series backfire, Tampa Bay Rays prepare for 2021 return," 18 Dec. 2020 Hahnville, a Class 5A semifinalist last season, has a loaded slate of nondistrict games. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "Prep notebook: Brother Martin wrestlers visit Tennessee; Hahnville basketball to visit Jesuit; football sites determined," 7 Dec. 2020 After leaving fundamentalism, Eve Ettinger grapples with the loaded theological heritage of evangelical personal finance teachings. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "The 25 Most Popular Longreads Exclusives of 2020," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of loaded

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of loaded was in 1661

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18 Jan 2021

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“Loaded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loaded. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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