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[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.
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  1. an excessive load.
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Origin of overload

First recorded in 1545–55; over- + load
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verb (ˌəʊvəˈləʊd)
  1. (tr) to put too large a load on or in
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noun (ˈəʊvəˌləʊd)
  1. an excessive load
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Word Origin and History for overload


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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