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verb     unload pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleunloading
past tenseunloaded
past participleunloaded
  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.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to let people get out of or off a vehicle
  2. 2
    [transitive] to take the bullets or shells out of a gun
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    1. a.
      to take the film out of a camera
  3. 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.

  4. 4
    [transitive] informal to get rid of someone or something that is your responsibility

    She’s always unloading the kids on us.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to tell someone about the things or feelings that are worrying you
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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