work·​load | \ ˈwərk-ˌlōd How to pronounce workload (audio) \

Definition of workload

1 : the amount of work or of working time expected or assigned students with a heavy workload
2 : the amount of work performed or capable of being performed (as by a mechanical device) usually within a specific period

Examples of workload in a Sentence

Students complained about the heavy workload.
Recent Examples on the Web Bosses should be physically fit to withstand the brutal workload, comfortable dealing with the media and, increasingly, woke. The Economist, "Take me to a leader Corporate headhunters are more powerful than ever," 6 Feb. 2020 With Andersen’s heavy workload, Hutchinson had only appeared in a dozen games prior to his starts on Saturday and Monday. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Rangers odds, picks and best bets," 5 Feb. 2020 Facing this formidable and many-layered challenge, the FDA deploys a modest, overworked team that struggles to handle the workload, especially during a contamination crisis., "Is the FDA ready for the next E. coli outbreak?," 23 Jan. 2020 With Stones joining Aymeric Laporte on the sidelines, defensive midfielder Fernandinho has been forced to operate as a centre back in recent weeks, despite many fans fearing that the 34-year-old would not be able to handle the workload., "Kevin De Bruyne to Miss Man City's Clash With Wolves Due to Groin Injury," 4 Oct. 2019 Three new positions — a senior principal planner, permit services supervisor and a permit tech — also have been authorized to handle the hefty department workload. Daily Pilot, "Greg Pfost, Laguna’s community development director, announces retirement amid department overhaul," 29 Aug. 2019 Raheem Mostert and Austin Walter are handling the other workload while Jeff Wilson (calf) rehabilitates. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "What does McKinnon’s clearance mean for 49ers running backs?," 6 Aug. 2019 Original drafts of the ordinance included criminal penalties, but the law was rewritten to only include civil action due to concerns the city’s law department with four part-time attorneys couldn’t handle the workload. Allison Wood,, "Medina Council passes legislation prohibiting LGBT discrimination," 9 July 2019 Concerns also have emerged about the workload the draft rules would place on states. NBC News, "High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of workload

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Workload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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: the amount of work that is expected to be done

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