[verb oh-ver-lohd; noun oh-ver-lohd]

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
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Related Words for overloaded

overburden, overwhelm, inundate, strain, pile, oppress, burden, encumber, glut, excess

Examples from the Web for overloaded

Contemporary Examples of overloaded

Historical Examples of overloaded

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for overloaded


verb (ˌəʊvəˈləʊd)

(tr) 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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