Definition of overload in English:


Pronunciation /ˌōvərˈlōd/ /ˌoʊvərˈloʊd/ /ˈōvərˌlōd/ /ˈoʊvərˌloʊd/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Load with too great a burden or cargo.

    ‘both boats were overloaded and low in the water’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Try not to overload your vehicle with too much wine, however great the temptation.’
    • ‘Exacerbating factors include alcohol use and vehicles that are overloaded and poorly maintained.’
    • ‘To maximize profit, drivers often overload their vehicles, drive at high speed and stop without warning on awkward spots to pick up passengers, much to the annoyance of other motorists.’
    • ‘He was told the weight by another, but it was his responsibility to ensure the vehicle was not overloaded.’
    • ‘River transport is often the only way for people to travel between towns and ferry disasters are not that rare as boats are frequently overloaded and often lack even the most rudimentary safety equipment.’
    • ‘Caravan owners have been warned that a recent police survey of vehicles revealed many were dangerously overloaded and unfit for the road.’
    • ‘This arrangement tends to overload the boat to port with seated passengers and will require the skipper to adjust for the load by using the hydraulic trim tabs.’
    • ‘The burden thus generated strained the available water resources and overloaded the wastewater treatment plant.’
    • ‘Newly prosperous residents have kept buying motorcycles and cars, adding, say officials, 900 vehicles a day to the already overloaded streets.’
    • ‘We had received intelligence that it was very overloaded and in danger of sinking but believed it had returned to Indonesia.’
    • ‘Police claim the boat capsized because it was grossly overloaded.’
    • ‘The boat was grossly overloaded (almost certainly deliberately), even more so than the usual refugee vessel.’
    • ‘He has a duty to ensure the vessel is not overloaded.’
    • ‘Gateway is one of the few PC vendors that doesn't overload its systems with junk you may not need.’
    • ‘She should have known that the vessel was grossly and dangerously overloaded.’
    • ‘Although her arms were already overloaded with bags, she decided to take a chance.’
    • ‘Your child may be emotionally overloaded by her angry feelings and a tantrum seems inevitable as a result.’
    overburden, put too much in, overcharge, encumber, burden, weigh down
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    1. 1.1Give too much of something, typically something undesirable, to (someone)
      ‘the staff is heavily overloaded with casework’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Frequent training can result in monotonous workouts, running late all the time and forgetfulness - telltale signs you're overloaded.’
      • ‘Studies have shown that end users are already overloaded and are therefore not willing to participate in archival training sessions.’
      • ‘Some companies use me when their in-house guys are overloaded.’
      • ‘Our users are more overloaded every day and only a connectionist approach of intelligent work practices will best serve them.’
      • ‘We are overloaded with new experiences already, and cannot assimilate any more.’
      • ‘During the regular season, we don't want to overload the team.’
      • ‘She knew she could not push this nor could she overload her.’
      • ‘The coaches feel he is taxed too much with all that he has to learn as the starting strong safety, and they don't want to overload him.’
      • ‘Don't overload your team with them, but having one or two is a smart move.’
      • ‘Members of Congress are extremely busy individuals; even their top staff members are overloaded.’
      • ‘I recall no vices as long as you didn't mistreat her or overload her.’
      • ‘If your employer overloads you with work, you suffer an injury and come back to work and nothing has changed then you can sue your employer.’
      • ‘He said a number of new subject courses involve project work and the bigger picture should be kept in mind to ensure students were not overloaded.’
      • ‘Teachers are still overloaded with paperwork, and certainly deserve greater support.’
      • ‘Moreoever, he simply didn't have the time for us to overload him with questions: he has a book to write.’
      • ‘You may be stressed and completely overloaded with work today.’
      • ‘Whether it is a case of being overloaded with course work or one of simple procrastination matters little.’
      strain, impose excessive strain on, overtax, stretch, overwork, overuse
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    2. 1.2Put too great a demand on (an electrical system)
      ‘the wiring had been overloaded’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Another concern is the large number of recreational vessels that could overload a tracking system or clog up electronic screens where hundreds of signals would show up.’
      • ‘Telephone and cellphone service died, and throughout the crisis the state's special emergency communications system was either overloaded or knocked out.’
      • ‘He said although the family's display of Christmas lights appeared to use many extension cables and double plugs, it had not overloaded the system.’
      • ‘Residents in the neighbouring low-cost two-room houses said illegal connections caused them to suffer because they overloaded the system and caused power failures.’
      • ‘These calls are overloading the system, which is quite simply breaking down.’
      • ‘When the system is overloaded, many calls cannot be placed, but calls that do go through function normally.’
      • ‘The downside of this approach is that a high volume of network traffic can overload a system, and as a result not all packets are analyzed.’
      • ‘Students overload the system during winter when they all put their heaters on.’
      • ‘The city's existing electrical distribution infrastructure is currently overloaded and must be upgraded to service this larger load.’
      • ‘A spokeswoman for Seawick blamed the power cut on Saturday's weather and said that because it was cold, a large number of appliances had been switched on at once and had overloaded the system.’
      • ‘Garda HQ said the system was temporarily overloaded due to a large volume of calls at the time.’
      • ‘The latter isn't hard: you don't overload the system with appliances, and make sure the solar panels are clean.’
      • ‘Regrettably, I've still not got round to downloading it, mainly due to a slight worry that I might just overload the system.’
      • ‘The catch is that the server is already overloaded.’
      • ‘The cell phone system is overloaded so nobody has heard from her since 3pm.’
      • ‘Finally, make sure that you have not overloaded any circuit or extension cord.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the servers were completely overloaded, scanning the systems and attempting to find and delete the worm.’


in singular
  • An excessive load or amount.

    ‘an overload of stress’
    • ‘momentary surges and overloads in the circuit’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Price said the city gives more opportunities to participate in municipal issues than people tend to take advantage of, and attributes this to busy lifestyles and an information overload.’
    • ‘There are large problems concerning email, including spam, viruses and a general overload of information, but I had no clue why this one person in Holland could not get through to me.’
    • ‘It would help me manage the information overload brought about with the six modules that I teach by tracking the hundreds of Word documents I use during an academic term.’
    • ‘Here, instead, there is an information overload.’
    • ‘While e-mail brings an ever widening range of issues to the notice of an average user, it also causes an information overload.’
    • ‘I wonder about the overload of information coupled with the emotional exhaustion of the event.’
    • ‘The inclusion of the CD helps to break up what could have easily been an information overload for young ones.’
    • ‘Between an overload of information and a striving for pure dedication in life, I find myself looking for the exit sign’
    • ‘The information overload of the week has finally got to me.’
    • ‘Mr Capstick added that he believed the trouble came from a fuse which tripped as a result of an overload although he stressed that he and his staff intended to leave the matter to professionals.’
    • ‘Care is required to avoid an overload of information.’
    • ‘A passenger overload and militant unionism has urban public transport stressed.’
    • ‘The overload began to surge through the US grid, threatening generation plants all over the Northeast.’
    • ‘I am suffering from major overload of a tremendous amount of food right now.’
    • ‘The thing is that sometimes I suffer an emotional overload and it comes out of nowhere.’
    • ‘However, we like to draw your readers' attention to continuing concerns at the suburban character and quality of life in the area becoming spoilt by an overload of piecemeal developer-led building.’
    • ‘This was sufficient to produce an overload of blood lipids, to damage the endothelial cells, to produce free radicals and to affect the dilation and contraction of blood vessels.’
    excess, overabundance, superabundance, profusion, glut, surfeit, surplus, superfluity, more than enough, too many, too much
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