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verb unload pronunciation in British English /ʌnˈləʊd/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyunload
he/she/itunloads
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.

    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
    Synonyms and related words
    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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