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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unloader noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Trump had become convinced Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell wouldn’t be coming to the rescue, and unloaded on the central bank leader during the White House meeting, the people said. Jennifer Jacobs, Fortune, "Aboard the Air Force One flight that shook Trump into action on the coronavirus," 11 Mar. 2020 Collins then unloaded on McLendon’s motives for running in District 32. Dallas News, "As GOP primary looms, Republican candidates against Colin Allred spar over guns, abortion," 29 Feb. 2020 Current and former employees described an abusive work environment in which Harnden regularly unloaded on employees. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Inside the climate of 'workplace terror and bullying' at the Washington Examiner, a conservative media outlet on the rise," 14 Feb. 2020 Louis-Dreyfus is particularly impressive in a 10-minute-plus scene in which Billie finally has Pete cornered — albeit in front of his annoying friend and his new girlfriend — and unloads on him, unleashing all of her pent-up frustration and fury. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell can't elevate remake 'Downhill' to heights of original," 14 Feb. 2020 Louis-Dreyfus is particularly impressive in a 10-minute-plus scene in which Billie finally has Pete cornered — albeit in front of his annoying friend and his new girlfriend — and unloads on him, unleashing all of her pent-up frustration and fury. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Downhill’ is good, but it’s no match for the film that inspired it," 14 Feb. 2020 Former White House chief of staff John Kelly unloaded on President Trump on a litany of issues, ranging from his policies to the decision to remove Lt. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "John Kelly praises Vindman: 'Did exactly what we teach them to do'," 13 Feb. 2020 Sherman feigns confusion: Sherman said only polite and respectful things before the NFC Championship Game about Green Bay, but unloaded on the Packers after a 37-20 win. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ high-achieving Bosa is Mr. Low Maintenance; Coleman will play Sunday," 30 Jan. 2020 The British comic, who’d hosted four times before, joked that this time would be his last, giving him the freedom to unload on the Hollywood system and its benefactors. Lacey Rose, Billboard, "Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Returning as Golden Globes Hosts," 12 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unload

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

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15 Mar 2020

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“Unload.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unload. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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unload

verb
How to pronounce unload (audio)

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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