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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
First recorded in 1515-25; un-2 + load
Related forms
unloader, noun
self-unloading, adjective
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  • They're unloading supplies in vast quantities from Chickasaw Bayou.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • In unloading it I fear that one of the slugs blew a hole in brother Nonus.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A carriage had drawn up at the curb and the driver was unloading a trunk from the rack.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Stanley pointed to the troopers who were unloading their mounts.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • The work of unloading the Ida went on briskly all the morning.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for unloading

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 unloading

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.

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