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 The church is in need of volunteers to help unload the truck. Arkansas Online, "Calendar for March 14, 2021," 14 Mar. 2021 The Waltham company’s Stretch robot, which rolls around on wheels, is designed to load and unload trucks in warehouses by using a vacuum gripper to lift cartons weighing as much as 50 pounds. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Dynamics’ latest robot is a warehouse workhorse," 30 Mar. 2021 Technicians are support staffers who run the cash register; fill, count and bag prescriptions; and unload inventory. NBC News, "Overworked, understaffed: Pharmacists say industry in crisis puts patient safety at risk," 17 Mar. 2021 Creech, his five children and a group of staff from Bean’s Cafe and the convention center all helped unload Thursday evening. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Thousands of pounds of food salvaged for Anchorage soup kitchen after truck overturns," 27 Dec. 2020 Ocean shipping has surged, with delays for ships trying to unload containers in Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland and Savannah. Bill Conerly, Forbes, "World Economy Will Grow Rapidly In 2021," 18 Mar. 2021 Belichick answered in true March Madness fashion (NFL version) by striking deals to unload piles of Robert Kraft’s cash on several free agents, who can be signed officially on Wednesday, that addressed some key needs. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Patriots spending big, and Bill Belichick's competitive juice is still hot. But pump the brakes.," 15 Mar. 2021 And there’s no indication thus far that the Reddit crowd sought to unload their holdings at the highs. Dallas News, "SEC says it’ll probe the GameStop Reddit revolt, as the video game retailer’s stock price soars again," 29 Jan. 2021 And there’s no indication thus far that the Reddit crowd sought to unload their holdings at the highs. Benjamin Bain, Bloomberg.com, "SEC Says It’s Probing Market Mania for Potential Misconduct," 29 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of unload

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

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19 Apr 2021

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“Unload.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unload. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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