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noun load pronunciation in British English /ləʊd/
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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 rucksack takes most of the load off the shoulders.
  2. 2
    [countable] an amount of work that a person, piece of equipment, or system has to do at one time
    Teaching loads have increased this year.
    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.
  3. 3
    [countable] a quantity of clothes that you put in a washing machine
    I think I’ll put on another load of washing.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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