Definition of overload in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈləʊd/
[with object]
1Load with too great a burden or cargo: both boats were overloaded and low in the water (as adjective overloaded) overloaded vehicles
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  • Ensure strict checks on the city outskirts to ensure that vehicles are not overloaded.
  • That vehicle would be overloaded, and would only have one driver for however many people he is carrying.
  • At all costs, the vehicle must never be overloaded.
overburden, put too much in, overcharge, encumber, burden, weigh down
rare surcharge
1.1Give excessive work, responsibility, or information to: the staff are heavily overloaded with casework
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  • You have a habit of not letting people know you're overloaded until you reach crisis level.
  • It overloads good employees with work because the supposed weaker ones cannot be trusted to perform.
  • Similarly, if a colleague asks you to help out with a project and you're already overloaded, politely defer, offering your assistance at a later date.
strain, impose excessive strain on, overtax, stretch, overwork, overuse;
deluge, swamp, oversupply, overwhelm, clog, snow under, beset
1.2Put too great a demand on (an electrical system): the wiring had been overloaded
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  • Between the air conditioners, the fans, the humidifiers and all the usual appliances, it's not hard to overload your electrical system during the dog days of August.
  • If you overload an electrical system with too much energy and too much stimulation, the circuit breaker activates and shuts everything down.
  • At this time of year especially it is very easy to overload your electrical system.


Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvələʊd/
[in singular]
An excessive amount of something: an overload of stress
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  • Information overload (data glut) means it takes longer to produce less.
  • Information overload leads to stress and, often, the creation of information filtering roles.
  • Stress caused by an overload of patients has forced an experienced Yorkshire dentist to decide to leave the country and practise abroad.
avalanche, deluge, flood, abundance, plethora, overkill, backlog

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