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 Asking those offices to take on more of a workload in administering programs or monitoring defendants without adding to their staffs is unworkable. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, 17 Mar. 2022 Also, when appropriate, consider allowing employees to job-share or reduce their workload. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 When high blood pressure and other health problems forced him to reduce his workload, Mr. Persoff took up painting, studying in Los Angeles and producing watercolors that have been exhibited in galleries in Northern California. Joseph Berger, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Understaffed for the new workload, federal prosecutors in 2020 picked up the case and hundreds of other homicides, rapes and assaults normally handled by local authorities. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2022 The city also adds some grant requirements as a margin of safety and to reduce the city's workload for overseeing grants, Becker said. Doug Thompson, Arkansas Online, 8 Mar. 2022 Thousands of global companies, from Amazon Twitch, GoDaddy, Roku, to, and ZipRecruiter etc., use Tipalti to reduce operational workload by 80%. Carrie Rubinstein, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 There were serious discussions about putting him in the bullpen fulltime as an elevated long-man type, able to work multiple innings frequently and help reduce the workload on the rest of the starters. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Oct. 2021 With Kopitar going into his 16th season and having led Kings forwards in ice time in every campaign dating back to 2007-08, Danault expects to help reduce that heavy workload., 29 July 2021 See More

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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 24 May. 2022.

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