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verb unload pronunciation in British English /ʌnˈləʊd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleunloading
past tenseunloaded
past participleunloaded
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to take goods off a vehicle such as a truck or ship
    It was my job to unload the boxes from the van.
    It could sometimes take all day to unload the boat.
    Smaller trucks unload at the roadside.
  2. 3
    [transitive] informal to get rid of something that you do not want to keep, especially by selling it
    They were trying to unload 5,000 stolen packets of cigarettes.
  3. 4
    [transitive] informal to get rid of someone or something that is your responsibility
    She’s always unloading the kids on us.
  4. 5
    [transitive] to tell someone about the things or feelings that are worrying you
    He unloaded fifty years of regret.


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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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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