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Definition of load noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    something carried
  1. 1[countable] something that is being carried (usually in large amounts) by a person, vehicle, etc. synonym cargo The trucks waited at the warehouse to pick up their loads. The women came down the hill with their loads of firewood. These backpacks are designed to carry a heavy load.
  2. 2[countable] (often in compounds) the total amount of something that something can carry or contain a busload of tourists They ordered three truckloads of sand. He put half a load of laundry in the machine. The plane took off with a full load.
  3. weight
  4. 3[countable, usually singular] the amount of weight that is pressing down on something a load-bearing wall Modern backpacks spread the load over a wider area.
  5. large amount
  6. 4[singular] a load (also loads [plural]) load (of something) (informal) a large number or amount of someone or something; plenty We saw a load of houses before we bought this one. Uncle Jim brought a whole load of presents for the kids. She has loads of friends. There's loads to do today. He wrote loads and loads of letters to people.
  7. wrong or stupid thing
  8. 5[singular] load of garbage, trash, etc. (informal) used to emphasize that something is wrong, stupid, bad, etc.
  9. work
  10. 6[countable] an amount of work that a person or machine has to do Teaching loads have increased in all types of schools. Extra warmth from sunlight can put an additional load on the air-conditioning system. see also caseload, workload
  11. responsibility/worry
  12. 7[countable, usually singular] a feeling of responsibility or worry that is difficult to deal with synonym burden She thought she would not be able to bear the load of bringing up her family alone. Knowing that they had arrived safely took a load off my mind.
  13. electrical power
  14. 8[countable] the amount of electrical power that is being supplied at a particular time
  15. Idioms
    get a load of somebody/something (informal)
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    used to tell someone to look at or listen to someone or something Get a load of that dress!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: load