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offload

or off-load

[awf-lohd, of-]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to unload.
  2. to transfer (data) from a computer or other digital device to another digital device: Fill the camera's memory card, then offload your photos to your PC.
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Origin of offload

First recorded in 1840–50
Related formsoff·load·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • He threatened to off-load all the women on the first available place, as he had never in his life had so much trouble.

    On Commando

    Dietlof Van Warmelo

  • They expect trains to stop and off-load, or load, on the main line.

  • "Off-load those chunks of meat near the fire and get to hell out of this," said Fernie roughly to the waggon boy.


British Dictionary definitions for off-load

off-load

verb
  1. (tr) to get rid of (something unpleasant or burdensome), as by delegation to another
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Word Origin and History for off-load

v.

"unload," 1850, from off (adv.) + load (v.). Originally S.African, on model of Dutch afladen.

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