Definition of offload in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌôfˈlōd/


[with object]
1Unload (a cargo): men were offloading bags of salt
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  • The teachers from the orphanage immediately formed a line to help us offload our cargo.
  • He said that the company was manufacturing its own spare parts and other accessories for the machinery a development that caused considerable cut down on time to load and offload cargo.
  • Fixed-wing air land is the next most responsive mode, because it travels at the fastest speeds and the cargo can be offloaded quickly at the destination airstrip.
unload, remove, empty (out), tip (out)
archaic unlade
1.1Rid oneself of (something) by selling or passing it on to someone else: a dealer offloaded 5,000 of these shares on a client
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  • He sold his synthesizers, offloaded his collection of more than 200 records and switched his focus to books.
  • Currently, shareholders who want to offload shares sell back their stakes to the group.
  • Often they were offloading defective goods they could not sell at a shop.
dispose of, dump, jettison, get rid of, transfer, shift;
palm off, foist;
British  fob off
1.2Relieve oneself of (a problem or worry) by talking to someone else: it would be nice to have been able to offload your worries onto someone
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  • I'm sorry to offload all this onto you but I guess its just fair to warn you what you may be getting yourself into.
  • ‘Hairdressing salons are no longer the place to go to have your hair restyled, you can chill out, get a massage or go in and talk to your stylist and offload all your problems,’ says the writer.
  • It's like you're using me to offload all your troubles and I'm sick!
1.3 Computing Move (data or a task) from one processor to another in order to free the first processor for other tasks: a system designed to offload the text on to a host computer
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  • The Amiga was able to offer advanced sound and graphics through custom chips that offloaded many of the tasks that would have otherwise been the responsibility of the processor.
  • The hardware initiator provides maximum benefit to the host CPU processing by offloading both the networking and iSCSI stack processing, and also provides remote booting capability.
  • This allows them to offload much of the communications processing from the operating systems and CPU.

Words that rhyme with offload

abode, bestrode, bode, code, commode, corrode, download, encode, erode, explode, forebode, goad, implode, load, lode, middle-of-the-road, mode, node, ode, outrode, road, rode, sarod, Spode, strode, toad, upload, woad

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Syllabification: off·load

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