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You can use "load" as a verb or as a noun. As a verb, it’s similar to "put in."

simple past past participle
  • He loaded the washing machine with dirty laundry.
  • He loaded the washing machine. (When using "load," it’s usually not necessary to say what was put in the machine.)
  • The police officer loaded her gun with bullets.
  • The police officer loaded her gun.
  • Please load the dishwasher with dishes.
  • Please load the dishwasher.
  • Don’t unload your truck here. This is not a loading zone. (unload = take out)
  • They loaded up on groceries before the big snow storm hit. (load up = gather; get)

As you can tell, "load" is a very useful and easy-to-use verb.

When you use "load" as a noun, it refers to an amount:

  • She has a load of laundry to do.
  • There’s a load of furniture in the truck.
  • We’ve got a load of groceries in the car.
  • We had loads of fun at the party. (We had a lot of fun at the party.)

You can change "load" to an adjective with an "ed" ending. In this case, the word "load" has a few additional meanings.

  • The truck is loaded.
  • My car is loaded with groceries.
  • He carries around a loaded gun.
  • They’re loaded. (They have a lot of money.)
  • That guy looks like he’s loaded. (loaded = drunk)


A dock is a place where things are loaded or unloaded.

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December 2, 2011



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