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 The bump in workload from 60 games to 162 just provides another variable to consider. David Brandt, ajc, "Easy does it: MLB pitchers prepare for usual 162-game grind," 18 Feb. 2021 The final weeks of their second-half scramble for a playoff bid might leave them with few options but to test the thesis Cook can hold up to an historic workload. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "Dalvin Cook's 2020 workload could be the biggest in Vikings history," 7 Dec. 2020 Kenyan Drake has been eating a larger share of the rushing workload over the last three weeks. Phil Thompson,, "Fantasy football lineups for Week 13: Start Kirk Cousins and sit Tyler Boyd," 3 Dec. 2020 Finding a replacement for Autry, whose status for next week’s game against Tennessee could also be in jeopardy, might be as simple as giving Lewis a larger share of the workload. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts won't have DE Denico Autry, ST coach Bubba Ventrone against Packers due to COVID-19," 20 Nov. 2020 Bryden isn’t used to this kind of workload, but he is getting used to it at running back and cornerback. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Roles rise for No. 13 Stow’s resounding OHSAA football playoff opener," 10 Oct. 2020 That left the majority of the workload to Ronald Jones, who gained a season-best 111 yards on 20 carries. Fred Goodall,, "First-place Bucs building confidence with win streak," 5 Oct. 2020 Relievers assume a bigger share of the workload, all but guaranteeing that hitters never face a tired pitcher. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "In Baseball’s Pandemic Playoffs, the Schedule Could Decide the Pennant," 26 Sep. 2020 Reese and the Stars will be tasked with managing Khudobin’s workload during the season, figuring out when to ride him and when to give Jake Oettinger a chance in net. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Despite his frantic offseason, Stars aren’t worried about No. 1 goalie Anton Khudobin," 19 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of workload

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Feb 2021

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“Workload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of workload

: the amount of work that is expected to be done

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