Definition of cargo noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkɑːɡəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrɡoʊ//
[countable, uncountable] (pl. cargoes, (North American English also)cargos) Parts of a plane, Parts of boats and ships, Travelling by boat or ship
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the goods carried in a ship or plane The tanker began to spill its cargo of oil. a cargo ship See related entries: Parts of a plane, Parts of boats and ships, Travelling by boat or ship Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Spanish cargo, carga, from late Latin carricare, carcare ‘to load’, from Latin carrus ‘wheeled vehicle’.Extra examples The boats discharged their human cargo a little way from the shore. The port handles cargo from all over Asia. The satellite was stowed in the shuttle’s cargo bay for return to Earth. The ship stopped to take on a cargo of fruit. The terrorists parked the van with its deadly cargo in a dark alleyway. a precious cargo of antiques dry cargo, such as fruit the packaging and transporting of military cargo Customs officers are refusing to check cargo flights. The authorities confiscated eight trawlers and their cargo. The cargo jet exploded a few minutes after take-off. The first cargo of rice will arrive within the next few days. The ship was carrying a cargo of nuclear waste. They intercepted a cargo ship in the South Atlantic. a cargo ship/​jet
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