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American English: /loʊd/
British English: /ləʊd/

Translation of load in Spanish:


  • 1 countable (cargo) she felt a load had been lifted from her
    se sintió como si le hubieran quitado un peso de encima
    the airport has increased its annual passenger load
    el aeropuerto ha aumentado su volumen anual de pasajeros
    I do four loads of washing a week
    hago cuatro lavados por semana
    hago cuatro coladas por semana (Spain)
    I have a heavy teaching load
    tengo muchas horas semanales de clase
    the project will create a heavy administrative load
    el proyecto generará mucho trabajo administrativo
    to have a load on (US) [colloquial]
    estar mamado [colloquial]
    estar jincho (Colombia) [colloquial]
    estar pedo (Mexico) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • If you require an estate car for carrying bulky loads, rather than heavy ones, the 1.4-litre petrol version is probably the one for you.
    • Longshoreman and other workers who must carry heavy loads, or who have their back bent for a long time can easily overstrain their backs.
    • They are usually used to haul heavy loads or carry cargoes.
    Example sentences
    • The debt was a heavy load on the part of the Government whose leaders were spending sleepless nights thinking about ways and means of overcoming the problem.
    • In other words, we should all individually carry what is our everyday load or responsibility, but where it becomes too heavy for us, we all join in and share the burden.
    • It concludes that since military service is a burden, moral considerations require that the load be shared as equally as possible.
  • 2 (often plural) [colloquial] 2.1 (much, many) I've done this loads of times
    esto lo he hecho cantidad or montones de veces [colloquial]
    esto lo he hecho pilas de veces (South America) [colloquial]
    what a load of nonsense!
    ¡qué sarta de estupideces!
    the play is a load of rubbish
    la obra no vale nada
    la obra es una porquería [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • I do not support any of these commissions - I think they are a whole load of rubbish.
    Example sentences
    • There's loads to go through, it just takes so long to do!
    • And no there wasn't just one ticket counter there were loads.
    • Having these premises is really important for them because they'll be able to provide loads more services and be more of a resource for people.
    2.2 (as intensifier) [colloquial]I'm feeling loads or a (whole) load better now
    me encuentro muchísimo mejor
    my room's loads bigger than hers
    mi cuarto es muchísimo más grande que el suyo
  • 3 3.1 (weight) maximum load 15 tons
    peso máximo: 15 toneladas
    Example sentences
    • Joints move and bear a load: your weight, in other words.
    • Then they pressurise the load on top of the pillar.
    • It is possible he will be asked to drop some of the weight to ease the load on his left knee, in which he tore the ACL in 1998.
    3.2 (Electricity) (before noun) load capacity
    Example sentences
    • We employ a special platform to test loads on power supplies.
    • In fact, the system should be designed to permit individual modules to be taken off line for maintenance without removing the load from conditioned power.
    • Equipment was tested at maximum loads to check peak power loads and cooling capabilities.
    Example sentences
    • To estimate your electrical load, total the wattage of all the equipment you'll operate at one time.
    • In general you share a transformer with several neighbors; and since you share a circuit with them, their loads will affect your electrical supply.
    • Two fully independent AC and DC electrical systems are each capable of supplying all essential loads in case of failure the other system.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (Transport)
    he loaded the crates into/onto the van
    metió or cargó las cajas en la camioneta
    they loaded too much work onto him
    lo cargaron de trabajo
    Example sentences
    • They ensure the right vehicles are loaded in the right order so that the ship back in Europe is downloaded as quickly and efficiently as possible.
    • Yes, I packed and loaded vehicles, ripped apart furniture, and drove from one end of town to the other and beyond.
    • Response Time is defined as the time taken from the decision to begin treatment until the winter maintenance vehicles are loaded, manned and ready to leave the compound.
    Example sentences
    • They also provided maintenance support at the port of Antwerp, to help repair deadlined vehicles on the spot so they could be loaded into the ships on schedule.
    • The warm beer, the necessities and souvenirs laid out in the shopping area - everything had been loaded into vehicles or onto camels and brought out for the festival.
    • We now have container security initiatives and all kinds of gizmos and ways to check what's loaded into the containers.
    1.2 (charge) is the camera loaded?
    ¿tiene rollo la cámara?
    the gun wasn't loaded
    la pistola no estaba cargada
    to load a gun (with bullets)
    cargar un arma (con balas)
    to load a program (into a computer)
    cargar un programa (en una computadora)
    Example sentences
    • In court, it was said he loaded the Derringer ‘out of curiosity’ and intended to use it on a shooting range, but never got round to it.
    • The breech permits loading the howitzer from the rear.
    • He began to load his gun, and handed out ammunition to the others.
  • 3 (bias) (usually passive) the dice are loaded
    los dados están cargados
    smokers' premiums are heavily loaded
    las primas que pagan los fumadores sufren muchos recargos
    the system was loaded in favor of the motorist
    el sistema favorecía a los conductores
    Example sentences
    • The way we are taught Shakespeare is too often loaded towards the idea that his plays are about supposedly unchanging things, like love or ambition or treachery.
    • ‘The system is heavily loaded in favour of the Americans,’ he insists.
    • The appraisal process is loaded in favour of the methodological commitments of the appraiser.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (Transport) loading prohibited
    carga y descarga prohibidas
    Example sentences
    • After an internal investigation, McDonald said the company has tightened up regulations to ensure no crew members are shifting places while the vessel is loading or unloading.
    • In relation to the access from Castle Street which is two way, Mr Hearn said this led to conflict between vehicles at the Castle Street access and is often made worse by vehicles loading and unloading.
    • She sighed and slumped once more into the plastic orange chair; it was only ten minutes before the Greyhound bus started loading.
  • 2
    Example sentences
    • This does require a little more expertise than just being able to load film into the camera.
    • Perhaps this is, in part, a lesson learned from forgetting to load film into my camera as a junior.
    • And who wants to fiddle with a camera that is so small that loading the film requires a lot of patience and pretty small fingers?

Phrasal verbs

load down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (usually passive)
to be loaded down with somethingwe were loaded down with parcels
íbamos cargados de paquetes
she seems loaded down with worry/problems
parece abrumada or agobiada por las preocupaciones/los problemas

load up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
to load something up with something
cargar algo de algo
2verb + adverb
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