unload

verb
un·​load | \ ˌən-ˈlōd \
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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Recent Examples on the Web

In Alabama, the Africans were unloaded and spirited off to another boat for the trip to a plantation upriver. Casey N. Cep, The New Yorker, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Story of a Former Slave Finally Comes to Print," 7 May 2018 Once the vehicles arrived at a Tijuana warehouse, the narcotics were unloaded, distributed to couriers and smuggled into San Diego. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cartel drug trafficker sentenced to 11-year prison term," 6 Apr. 2018 Walmart is automating its truck unloading to require fewer workers on loading docks. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "U.S. retailers hope higher pay will buy more efficient workers," 1 Jan. 2019 This allowed the researchers to take advantage of the new electric field technique to controllably load and unload the trap. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Technical tour-de-force traps positrons," 11 Dec. 2018 Throughout shooting, crew members kept the illusion alive by unloading anywhere from 14 to 28 tons of snow (which was actually fresh, food-grade shaved ice, like that used in fish markets) every day. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Christmas in Evergreen' Movie Was Filmed in a Village You Can Visit," 18 Nov. 2018 In his haste to spill all the evening's details (and unload his own insecurities), Kevin tells Randall what Kate said. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 2 Episode 2 Deals Randall a Truly Devastating Blow," 3 Oct. 2018 Last: 3 Stats: 10.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.0 BPG The Grizzlies are engaged in talks with a variety of teams about No. 4 and are widely known to be trying to unload Chandler Parsons’ unsightly contract in the process. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 11.0: Trade Rumors and Final Picks for Both Rounds," 21 June 2018 The Grizzlies have been trying to unload Chandler Parsons’ cumbersome contract in any talks about surrendering their fourth pick. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls' buzz for Mo Bamba is growing," 20 June 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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More Definitions for unload

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.

: to get rid of (something or someone) quickly

unload

verb
un·​load | \ ˌən-ˈlōd \
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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