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verb load pronunciation in British English /ləʊd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleloading
past tenseloaded
past participleloaded
  1. 1



    load up

    [intransitive/transitive] to put a load onto or into something such as a vehicle or container
    They are loading the truck now.
    Down at the docks, ships were loading and unloading.
    load something into/onto something: Were there any problems loading the cargo onto the boat?
    load something with something: She loaded my plate with grapes and plums.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to put something into a piece of equipment so that it is ready to use
    Did you load the dishwasher?
    load something with/into something: He loaded the DVD into the player.
    My camera is loaded with a colour film.
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    1. a.
      computing to put information or a program into a computer
      The data is loaded from a spreadsheet file.
    2. b.
      to put bullets into a gun
      He stopped to load his rifle.
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