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Definition of unload verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they unload
    he / she / it unloads
    past simple unloaded
    -ing form unloading
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to remove things from a vehicle or ship after it has taken them somewhere unload something from something Everyone helped to unload the luggage from the car. unload (something) This isn't a suitable place to unload the van. The truck driver was waiting to unload. opposite load
  2. 2[transitive] unload something to remove the contents of something after you have finished using it, especially the bullets from a gun or the film from a camera opposite load
  3. 3[transitive] unload something/somebody (on/onto somebody) (informal) to pass the responsibility for someone or something to someone else It's his problem, not something he should unload onto you.
  4. 4[transitive] unload something (on/onto somebody/something) (informal) to get rid of or sell something, especially something illegal or of bad quality They want to unload their shares at the right price.
  5. 5[intransitive, transitive] (informal) to express strong feelings or worries Give her a chance to unload. unload something (on somebody) He's just unloading his anger on us.
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