UK [ʌnˈləʊd] / US [ʌnˈloʊd] verb
Word forms "unload":
present tense I/you/we/they unload he/she/it unloads present participle unloading past tense unloaded past participle unloaded
a) [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.

b) [transitive] to let people get out of or off a vehicle
a) [transitive] to take the bullets or shells out of a gun
b) to take the film out of a camera
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) [transitive] informal to get rid of someone or something that is your responsibility

She's always unloading the kids on us.

5) [transitive] to tell someone about the things or feelings that are worrying you

He unloaded fifty years of regret.

English dictionary. 2014.

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