work·​load | \ˈwərk-ˌlōd \

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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Kinnaird and her husband cook together to split the workload. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "The Simple Diet Change That Helped One Woman Get Her Diabetes Under Control," 15 Oct. 2018 Is the workload being reduced or are you being asked to do five days’ work in four? Elaine Varelas,, "Worker weighs pros and cons of a four-day week, pay cut," 6 July 2018 These include the high workloads that vary from city to city, an insufficient number of people under the age of 40 practicing, and private versus government insurance coverage. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "These Cities Are Most Likely To Face an OB-GYN Shortage By 2020," 27 June 2018 Despite the workload, the bullpen suppressed Pittsburgh’s lineup enough as the Dodgers offense came to life. Andy Mccullough,, "Dodgers offense overcomes loss of Dennis Santana in 8-7 win over Pirates," 7 June 2018 Now the workload is escalating and Whitley’s 2018 debut appears near. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros unsure where prospect Forrest Whitley will report after suspension," 30 May 2018 And for late-inning relievers trying to establish a rhythm, losing means fewer leads to hold and an irregular workload. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles' rocky start leaves irregular workload, inconsistency for late-inning bullpen arms," 24 Apr. 2018 When each of those three backs left for different reasons, there was some uncertainty as to whether Johnson would be able to handle the workload. James Crepea,, "Kerryon Johnson recalls each year of his Auburn journey," 18 Apr. 2018 That’s the foundation for a workhorse, and Mixon is one of the few players available in the draft’s early-middle gray area with such a workload within his realistic range of outcomes. Michael Beller,, "High-Risk, High-Reward Players for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season," 10 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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