re·​load (ˌ)rē-ˈlōd How to pronounce reload (audio)
reloaded; reloading

transitive + intransitive

: to load again: such as
: to put a charge or load into a weapon again
reloaded a pistol
… most competitive shooters reload their own ammunition.Craig Vaughn
This firearm will continuously load, fire, eject, reload, and fire again …William R. Dietrick
: to load or be loaded into a computer's memory or storage again
recorded the time the computer's operating system took to reload
The files are stored locally, so that whenever you access a Web site that you have accessed previously, the browser doesn't have to reload the entire page; it simply reads it from the cache.Terrance A. Rooney
: to put a renewed supply of funds or resources into an account
However, the new tickets can not be reloaded with credit like a standard smartcard.Benedict Brook
reloadable adjective
a reloadable gift card

Examples of reload in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was a brief pause in the action as officers reloaded. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 29 Mar. 2024 In a statement issued Wednesday night, Biden pleaded for Congress to take action on banning assault weapons, strengthen background checks and ban implements that help increase the number of bullets someone can fire without having to reload. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 15 Feb. 2024 The deputies begin firing their weapons repeatedly, reload and continue to fire, the videos show. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 13 Feb. 2024 He was forced to reload, which gave a hero — Dr. John Cheng — a chance to stop the carnage. Destiny Torres, Orange County Register, 20 Jan. 2024 But all shipments must go through a laborious process of loading onto trucks that travel to an Israeli inspection site, only to be unloaded and reloaded again to then join an ever-growing line of vehicles waiting to enter the Palestinian territory. Alex Horton, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2024 But through it all, the rebuilding Cardinals might have found something on which to reload for the future, much like the Houston Texans did this season after winning 11 games combined in their three previous seasons under three different head coaches. The Arizona Republic, 8 Jan. 2024 To reload the pass rush, Baltimore might want to take a close look at Robinson, a Senior Bowl standout with the size (6-5, 296 pounds) and massive wingspan to overwhelm blockers at the point of attack. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 The Yellowjackets are reloading with an abundance of talent and are far from a rebuild. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reload was in 1620

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“Reload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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