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verb (used with object), un·lad·ed, un·lad·ing.
  1. to take the lading, load, or cargo from; unload.
  2. to discharge (a load or cargo).
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verb (used without object), un·lad·ed, un·lad·ing.
  1. to discharge a load or cargo.
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Origin of unlade

First recorded in 1350–1400, unlade is from the Middle English word unladen. See un-2, lade
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Historical Examples

  • And Tonomon Samme departed, biding me unlade our goodes when we would.

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  • It was now decided by the pirate-chief that our crew should be set to work to unlade the vessel.

  • I propose that we should at once make for yonder niche in the cliffs, and unlade the canoes.

  • Alsoe it was ordayned to begyn to unlade our shipps on Munday, Mr. Cockram to be at Hollandes house to take acco.

  • Consequently, it was necessary to unlade it, and they had to resolve to leave it behind in the port, to their great sorrow.

British Dictionary definitions for unlade


  1. a less common word for unload
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