American English

Definition of load verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they load
    he / she / it loads
    past simple loaded
    -ing form loading
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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 someone 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
  8. Idioms
    load the dice (against somebody) [usually passive]
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    to put someone at a disadvantage He has always felt that the dice were loaded against him in life.
    Phrasal Verbsload somebody/something down (with something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: load