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noun load pronunciation in American English /loʊd/
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  1. 1
    [countable] something that a person or animal carries, especially a large amount of things

    The men were struggling with their heavy loads.

    1. a.
      [countable] the goods that a vehicle carries
      load of:

      She drove back from the farm with a full load of hay.

    2. b.
      [singular] the amount of weight or pressure that something has to bear

      The hip belt on this backpack takes most of the load off the shoulders.

  2. 2
    [countable] a quantity of clothes that you put in a washing machine

    I think I’ll do another load of laundry.

  3. 3
    [countable] an amount of work that a person, piece of equipment, or system has to do at one time

    We need a computer that can cope with the load.

    1. a.
      a problem, responsibility, or worry that you have to deal with

      You must allow others to share your load.

      a heavy load to bear/carry:

      Knowledge of what they had done was a heavy load to bear.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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