- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to remove things from a vehicle or ship after it has taken them somewhere unload something from something Everyone helped to unload the luggage from the car. unload (something) This isn't a suitable place to unload the van. The truck driver was waiting to unload. opposite load See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
- 2 [transitive] unload something to remove the contents of something after you have finished using it, especially the bullets from a gun or the film from a camera opposite load
- 3[transitive] unload something/somebody (on/onto somebody) (informal) to pass the responsibility for somebody/something to somebody else It's his problem, not something he should unload onto you.
- 4[transitive] unload something (on/onto somebody/something) (informal) to get rid of or sell something, especially something illegal or of bad quality They want to unload their shares at the right price. Extra examples helping unload the vegetables Each time a gun is laid down it must first be broken and unloaded. This isn’t a suitable place to unload the van.
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BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈləʊd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈloʊd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they unload
BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈləʊd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈloʊd//he / she / it unloads
BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈləʊdz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈloʊdz//past simple unloaded
BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈləʊdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈloʊdɪd//past participle unloaded
BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈləʊdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈloʊdɪd//-ing form unloading
BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈləʊdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈloʊdɪŋ//Travelling by boat or ship