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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In checked bags, guns must be unloaded and packed in a locked hard case separate from ammunition, TSA said. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "New Hampshire man stopped at Logan with loaded gun in carry-on; no charges filed," 3 Sep. 2019 Over 60 tractor-trailers of equipment were unloaded, including one filled mostly with gaming chairs. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "Slurp Juice, Zip Lines and Teenagers: Welcome to the Fortnite World Cup," 28 July 2019 Last year about 400,000 vehicles, mostly from the major Japanese and Korean manufacturers, were unloaded at the National City Marine Terminal, a port official said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar is weak link in San Diego’s coastal railroad," 28 July 2019 The Columbia Missourian reports that a group of about 10 people gathered Tuesday at the Three Creeks Conservation Area near Columbia as a wooden crate containing Athena was unloaded from a car. USA TODAY, "Big butter sculpture, sweet guitar, owl released: News from around our 50 states," 24 July 2019 The liquid oxygen tank was unloaded from NASA’s Pegasus barge Tuesday and moved toward the test stand even as NASA’s top spaceflight leadership was being reshuffled in Washington. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al.com, "NASA keeps Space Launch System test schedule amid shakeup," 12 July 2019 The fisherman and the president As the fish were unloaded that morning, Kwiizera Fred towered quietly above the fray, watching as offers were made, cash paid, and fish were transferred into waiting refrigerator trucks. Alec Jacobson, National Geographic, "Fishermen fight to survive on the world's second largest lake," 3 May 2019 The information is sent to a conveyor system that scans boxes being unloaded from trucks. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "U.S. retailers hope higher pay will buy more efficient workers," 1 Jan. 2019 Police said the loud noises led many shoppers to believe a shooter was unloading a weapon. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "In wake of mass shootings, noises in malls spark grave fear: ‘In the moment, it felt real.’," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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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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