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
Recent Examples on the Web When police pulled over a vehicle in St. Paul several months ago, officers found loaded guns under the driver’s and passenger’s seats. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "2 St. Paul men, convicted felons, charged federally after guns found hidden in car," 22 Nov. 2019 Police believe the child found a loaded gun in the house that discharged. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Police: 3-year-old critically shot after finding loaded gun in Lincoln Park home," 22 Nov. 2019 County records show Criswell faces charges of possessing a loaded gun, obliterating identification marks on a gun, menacing, theft and harassment. oregonlive, "Beatings, burglaries, murder: Teens terrorized N. Portland for months, neighbors say," 2 Nov. 2019 The lawsuit alleges that the two men left in such haste that Graham left behind a loaded gun in violation of FAA policy. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Southwest Airlines flight attendant tells why she sued: 'This was not a joke'," 1 Nov. 2019 The resolution of the case helps Granados-Diaz address his suicidal ideations and ensures a level of accountability for taking a loaded gun to school, Singh added. NBC News, "New video shows the moment Oregon school coach disarmed and hugged gun-wielding student," 19 Oct. 2019 On the gallop out the horse still looked loaded and passed the winner. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Is the Santa Anita drag gone?," 13 Oct. 2019 James' Cavaliers trail Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the rest of the loaded Golden State Warriors' roster 3-0 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals heading into Friday's Game 4. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Chris Bosh sees LeBron James moving on to Houston Rockets," 7 June 2018 All this and much more in this loaded edition of 90 Minutes’ Top Five. 1. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Barcelona's perfect run ends, Liverpool finish top four and the best of the soccer weekend," 13 May 2018

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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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2 Dec 2019

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“Loaded.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loaded. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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