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 vehiclesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Give excessive work, responsibility, or information to: the staff are heavily overloaded with caseworkMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2Put too great a demand on (an electrical system): the wiring had been overloadedMore example sentences
- 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] Back to top
- An excessive amount of something: an overload of stressMore example sentences
- 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.