transitive verb

over·​lade ¦ō-vər-¦lād How to pronounce overlade (audio)
: to load with too great a cargo or burden : overload
overladen with detail and digressionH. S. Bennett
overladen adjective
an overladen table
On Indiana's 8,000 acres of tomato fields, plants are so overladen with ripe tomatoes that mechanical harvesters must run at half speed. Jeff Swiatek, The Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 6 Oct. 2014

Word History


Middle English overladen, from over entry 1 + laden to load

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overlade was in the 14th century

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“Overlade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlade. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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