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[verb oh-ver-lohd; noun oh-ver-lohd] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈloʊd; noun ˈoʊ vərˌloʊd/
verb (used with object)
to load to excess; overburden:
Don't overload the raft or it will sink.
an excessive load.
Origin of overload
First recorded in 1545-55; over- + load Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There do they pick and shovel; or bend forward, yoked in long strings to box-barrow or overloaded tumbril; joyous, with one mind.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • The stomach and bowel are overloaded: they must be cleaned out.

  • They often fail because they are overloaded through the failure of lungs and skin to do their part.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • Every century is an overloaded ship that must sink at last with most of its cargo.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • It is solid and massive, and has no false or overloaded ornament.

  • Of course it is easy to say that it is extravagant, overloaded and debased; and so it may be.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
British Dictionary definitions for overloaded


verb (ˌəʊvəˈləʊd)
(transitive) to put too large a load on or in
noun (ˈəʊvəˌləʊd)
an excessive load
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overloaded



1550s, "to place too great a burden on," from over- + load (v.). Intransitive sense from 1961. Related: Overloaded; overloading. The noun is attested from 1640s; of electrical current, from 1904. Middle English had overlade (v.) in this sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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