- to take the load from; remove the cargo or freight from: to unload a truck; to unload a cart.
- to remove or discharge (a load, group of people, etc.): to unload passengers.
- to remove the charge from (a firearm).
- to relieve of anything burdensome, oppressive, etc.: He unloaded his responsibilities.
- to get rid of (goods, shares of stock, etc.) by sale in large quantities.
- to unload something.
- Informal. to relieve one's stress by talking, confessing, or the like.
Origin of unload
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Examples from the Web for unload
A punching bag as treasury secretary, Geithner finally gets to unload in ‘Stress Test.’Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From Timothy Geithner’s New Memoir
May 13, 2014
After the exam, they often invite applicants to unload any mental burdens they might be carrying.On Polygraph Tests, Would-Be Border Patrol Agents Confess to Crimes
April 4, 2013
I have the sense that Palin would really like to unload on Mitt and campaign for Newt.Palin’s Delicate Dance with Newt
February 7, 2012
Which is why it was refreshing to see former Utah governor Jon Huntsman unload on rivals for appealing to the fringes.Paging Reasonable Republicans
August 22, 2011
And if you know you won't be traveling before those miles expire, this is a great way to unload them for a good cause.Don't Be a Scrooge!
The Daily Beast
December 16, 2009
I made them unload the drays and carry the loads to firm ground.
In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.The Devil's Dictionary
Some of them did not unload, but others dumped piles of freight by the docks.The Harbor
We'll unload in the pool rooms on the Coast, same as we did before.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
If it was Esther Tidditt she could unload her cargo of gossip at some other port.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- to remove a load or cargo from (a ship, lorry, etc)
- to discharge (cargo, freight, etc)
- (tr) to relieve of a burden or troubles
- (tr) to give vent to (anxiety, troubles, etc)
- (tr) to get rid of or dispose of (esp surplus goods)
- (tr) to remove the charge of ammunition from (a firearm)
Word Origin and History for unload
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper