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Definition of offload verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also off-load) verb
    , NAmE//ˈɑfloʊd//
    , NAmE//ˌɔfˈloʊd//
    , NAmE//ˌɑfˈloʊd//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they offload
    he / she / it offloads
    past simple offloaded
    -ing form offloading
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  1. 1to take a load of goods off a ship, train, or truck synonym unload offload something The goods were offloaded at the dock. They will be offloading the truck tomorrow morning. offload something from something The cargo containers were offloaded from the ships.
  2. 2to get rid of something that you do not need or want by passing it to someone else offload something They should stop offloading waste from oil tankers into the sea. offload something on/onto somebody The broker offloaded 5,000 shares on a client.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: offload