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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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  • I knew she was overloaded, and was afraid of the effects of a gale.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Of course it is easy to say that it is extravagant, overloaded and debased; and so it may be.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • That and the moving of his lips was all he seemed able to manage in his overloaded state.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • overloaded, the bulges' screens flared through the spectrum and failed.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • With our overloaded sledges this has been a hard day's work.

  • The stomach and bowel are overloaded: they must be cleaned out.

British Dictionary definitions for overloaded


verb (ˌəʊvəˈləʊd)
(transitive) to put too large a load on or in
noun (ˈəʊvəˌləʊd)
an excessive load
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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.

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