Definition of load verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    load

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ləʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//loʊd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they load
    BrE BrE//ləʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//loʊd//
     
    he / she / it loads
    BrE BrE//ləʊdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//loʊdz//
     
    past simple loaded
    BrE BrE//ˈləʊdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈloʊdɪd//
     
    past participle loaded
    BrE BrE//ˈləʊdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈloʊdɪd//
     
    -ing form loading
    BrE BrE//ˈləʊdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈloʊdɪŋ//
     
    Using a computer, Computer programming
     
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    give/receive load
  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to put a large quantity of things or people onto or into something load something We loaded the car in ten minutes. Can you help me load the dishwasher? load something (up) (with something) Men were loading up a truck with timber. load something/somebody (into/onto something) Sacks were being loaded onto the truck. load (up) | load (up with something) We finished loading and set off. opposite unload
  2. 2[intransitive] to receive a load The ship was still loading. opposite unload
  3. 3  [transitive] load somebody with something to give somebody a lot of things, especially things they have to carry They loaded her with gifts.
  4. gun/camera
  5. 4  [transitive, intransitive] to put something into a weapon, camera or other piece of equipment so that it can be used load something (into something) She loaded film into the camera. load something (with something) She loaded the camera with film. load (something) Is the gun loaded? opposite unload
  6. computing
  7. 5[transitive, intransitive] load (something) to put data or a program into the memory of a computer Have you loaded the software? Wait for the game to load. compare download See related entries: Using a computer, Computer programming
  8. Word Origin Old English lād ‘way, journey, conveyance’, of Germanic origin: related to German Leite, also to lead; compare with lode. The verb dates from the late 15th cent.Extra examples The furniture was loaded onto the trailer. The program automatically loads the file at the appropriate place. The walkers were loaded down with huge rucksacks. They loaded the boxes into the van. They loaded up the lorry with scrap metal. We loaded the car with our luggage. to load a program onto a computerIdioms
    load the dice (against somebody)
     
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    [usually passive] to put somebody at a disadvantage He has always felt that the dice were loaded against him in life.
    Phrasal Verbsload somebody down
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