[ verb oh-ver-lohd; noun oh-ver-lohd ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to load to excess; overburden: Don't overload the raft or it will sink.

  1. an excessive load.

Origin of overload

First recorded in 1545–55; over- + load

Words Nearby overload

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How to use overload in a sentence

  • In the meantime care should be taken not to overload the stomach.

  • Many of them had long since passed the red lines that marked the allowable overload point.

    Unwise Child | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Mike the Angel knew that those points had been set low, but he also knew that they were approaching the real overload point.

    Unwise Child | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • And this was all on top of the ordinary human suffering, which did not abate one jot for all its overload.

    The Cup of Fury | Rupert Hughes
  • The Cerebral, lacking a large alimentary system, is not tempted to overload his stomach or overtax his vital organs.

    How to Analyze People on Sight | Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict

British Dictionary definitions for overload


  1. (tr) to put too large a load on or in

  1. an excessive load

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