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.

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And with Sanders able to take on some pitching duties, it’s allowed Bloomer to reduce Houchens' workload. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "In search of state title, No. 1 Male softball team will turn to ace Kelsie Houchens," 6 June 2019 The 21-year-old will look to avenge last month’s stunning loss while shouldering a workload unlike any in men’s college track. Edgar Thompson,, "UF track star Grant Holloway vies for national titles for himself and Gators," 4 June 2019 The government began flying hundreds of migrants from Texas to San Diego, to distribute the workload at Border Patrol facilities more evenly. Adriana Gomez Licon, The Seattle Times, "Trump denies plans to fly migrants from border to Florida," 19 May 2019 Christmas break, counseling and rejuggling courses and workload (and some unpaid leave on the horizon) have helped somewhat. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "She feels like a stay-at-home mom stuck in a career woman’s body," 29 Mar. 2019 Sometimes the cash coming home isn’t enough to make up for the intense workload and erratic hours (especially true for providers who accept Medicaid, which generally reimburses doctors at rates much lower than private insurance companies). Barbara Brody, Glamour, "The Ob-Gyn Shortage Is Real—And It Might Impact Your Care," 14 Nov. 2018 Now with a full offseason to implement him in the offense, and with LeGarrette Blount in Detroit, Ajayi is set for a starter’s workload. Michael Beller,, "High-Risk, High-Reward Players for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season," 10 July 2018 The Padres bullpen has held up remarkably well under a heavy workload. Kevin Acee,, "Padres bullpen has shouldered load, now beginning to slump," 26 June 2018 Comfort Cases itself has been burdened by the sudden increase in demand for backpacks, although the workload has been lessened by the influx of new volunteers eager to help the immigrant children, Stokes said. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Once a foster child himself, he’s launched a drive to show every separated border child someone cares," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of workload

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the amount of work that is expected to be done

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