unload

verb
un·​load | \ ˌən-ˈlōd How to pronounce unload (audio) \
unloaded; unloading; unloads

Definition of unload

transitive verb

1a(1) : to take off : deliver
(2) : to take the cargo from unload the truck
b : to give outlet to : pour forth unloaded her bitter feelings
2 : to relieve of something burdensome, unwanted, or oppressive unloaded the pack animals unloaded himself to his friend
3 : to draw the charge from unloaded the gun
4 : to sell or dispose of especially in large quantities : dump
5 : to hit or propel with a great release of power unloaded his ninth homer

intransitive verb

1 : to perform the act of unloading
2 : to release or deliver something especially with power unloaded on the ball
3 : to give forth a usually sudden angry outburst the coach unloaded on his players

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Other Words from unload

unloader noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for unload

Synonyms

disburden, discharge, disencumber, off-load, unburden, unlade, unpack

Antonyms

load, pack

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Examples of unload in a Sentence

It took four hours to unload the truck. Could you help me unload the car? After the ship docked, they unloaded its cargo. I have to unload the groceries. Most ships unload at another dock now. The train made several stops to unload passengers. Rumor has it that the manager wants to unload him. Maybe he'll be traded to another team. She unloaded a huge amount of stock when prices fell.
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Choo unloaded on a 2-0 fastball from Astros starter Gerrit Cole. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Shin-Soo Choo isn't interested in trade, but does it make sense for the Rangers?," 4 July 2018 The Charlotte Hornets became the latest team to unload Howard on Wednesday, sending him to the Brooklyn Nets for Timofey Mozgov, two future second round picks and cash. Tim Bontemps, chicagotribune.com, "Dwight Howard traded again, this time to the Brooklyn Nets," 20 June 2018 The port so far has remained open, aid groups and a coalition official said, with ships unloading goods there on Friday. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "Saudi Coalition Enters a Key Airport in Yemen," 15 June 2018 And Heitkamp’s right: the minute her vote is no longer available or necessary in this year’s very limited Senate session, Trump and his minions will unload on her. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "North Dakota’s GOP Senate Candidate Complains That Trump Is Being Too Nice to a Democrat," 12 June 2018 Similarly, while trucks may be able to drive themselves a decade from now, someone is still going to be needed to load and unload trucks at each stop. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Self-driving cars will destroy a lot of jobs—they’ll also create a lot," 24 Aug. 2018 This means that the TourX not only looks sleeker but is also easier to load and unload items from the roof rack. Will Kaufman, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Comparing sport wagons: Edmunds looks at Subaru Outback and Buick Regal TourX," 1 June 2018 Baggage handlers have to move bags off and on planes quickly, and don't discern between run-of-the-mill luggage and your more expensive pieces when loading and unloading. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Know About Plastic-Wrapping Your Luggage," 5 Oct. 2018 There are sliding doors on both sides of the cabin that can be helpful for quickly loading and unloading VIPs. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Meet the new Air Force helicopters that can 'defy Armageddon'," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of unload

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

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Dictionary Entries near unload

unlive

unlively

unlivery

unload

unlobed

unlocalized

unlocated

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The first known use of unload was in the 15th century

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unload

verb

English Language Learners Definition of unload

: to remove something (such as cargo) from a truck, ship, etc.
: to allow (someone) to leave a train, ship, etc.
informal : to get rid of (something or someone) quickly

unload

verb
un·​load | \ ˌən-ˈlōd How to pronounce unload (audio) \
unloaded; unloading

Kids Definition of unload

1 : to take away or off : remove Workers unloaded cargo.
2 : to take a load from Help me unload the car.
3 : to get rid of or be freed from a load or burden The ship is unloading.

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