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unload

[uhn-lohd] /ʌnˈloʊd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to take the load from; remove the cargo or freight from:
to unload a truck; to unload a cart.
2.
to remove or discharge (a load, group of people, etc.):
to unload passengers.
3.
to remove the charge from (a firearm).
4.
to relieve of anything burdensome, oppressive, etc.:
He unloaded his responsibilities.
5.
to get rid of (goods, shares of stock, etc.) by sale in large quantities.
verb (used without object)
6.
to unload something.
7.
Informal. to relieve one's stress by talking, confessing, or the like.
Origin of unload
1515-1525
1515-25; un-2 + load
Related forms
unloader, noun
self-unloading, adjective
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  • Or one might catch a detail to unload freight, or stand guard on the dock.

    Battery E in France Frederic R. Kilner
  • "I believe I know a feller we can unload onto," persisted Candage.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • At that Jud began to unload, and before he stopped he had laid six birds on the rough deal table.

  • Do you agree, or shall we unload every torpedo we've got into your hull?

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • With this device it is possible for three or four men to unload about 6,000 wheels each day.

British Dictionary definitions for unload

unload

/ʌnˈləʊd/
verb
1.
to remove a load or cargo from (a ship, lorry, etc)
2.
to discharge (cargo, freight, etc)
3.
(transitive) to relieve of a burden or troubles
4.
(transitive) to give vent to (anxiety, troubles, etc)
5.
(transitive) to get rid of or dispose of (esp surplus goods)
6.
(transitive) to remove the charge of ammunition from (a firearm)
Derived Forms
unloader, noun
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Word Origin and History for unload
v.

1520s, in reference to cargo, from un- (2) + load (v.). Figurative sense (in reference to feelings, etc.) is recorded from 1590s. Related: Unloaded; unloading.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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