• (RP) IPA: /ʌnˈləʊd/
  • (America) IPA: /ʌnˈloʊd/

unload (unloads, present participle unloading; past and past participle unloaded)

  1. (transitive) To remove the load or cargo from (a vehicle, etc.).
    to unload a ship; to unload a camel
  2. (transitive) To remove (the load or cargo) from a vehicle, etc.
    to unload bales of hay from a truck
  3. (intransitive) To deposit one's load or cargo.
  4. (transitive, intransitive, figuratively) To give vent to or express.
    • 1984, John Arlott, David Rayvern Allen, Arlott on cricket: his writings on the game
      ...who bowled with such fury that he needed beer to give him something to sweat out, and who unloaded his emotions in words as hard as his bowling.
  5. (transitive, computing) To remove (something previously loaded) from memory.
    • 1993, Tony Martin, Lisa C Towell, The NewWave agent handbook
      When you unload a DLL, the memory and other system resources it is using will become available for use by other applications.
  6. (transitive) To discharge, pour, or expel.
  7. (transitive) To get rid of or dispose of.
    to unload unprofitable stocks
  8. (transitive) To deliver forcefully.
  9. (transitive, slang) To ejaculate, particularly within an orifice.
  10. (transitive) To draw the charge from.
    to unload a gun

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