[ uhn-lohd ]
/ ʌnˈloʊd /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to unload something.
Informal. to relieve one's stress by talking, confessing, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. unlistenable,
  2. unlit,
  3. unlivable,
  4. unlive,
  5. unlively,
  6. unloanable,
  7. unlock,
  8. unlocked,
  9. unlooked,
  10. unlooked-for

Origin of unload

First recorded in 1515–25; un-2 + load

Related formsun·load·er, nounself-un·load·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for unloading


/ (ʌnˈləʊd) /


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)
Derived Formsunloader, noun

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Word Origin and History for unloading



1520s, in reference to cargo, from un- (2) + load (v.). Figurative sense (in reference to feelings, etc.) is recorded from 1590s. Related: Unloaded; unloading.

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