verb (used with object)
to take the load from; remove the cargo or freight from: to unload a truck; to unload a cart.
to remove or discharge (a load, group of people, etc.): to unload passengers.
to remove the charge from (a firearm).
to relieve of anything burdensome, oppressive, etc.: He unloaded his responsibilities.
to get rid of (goods, shares of stock, etc.) by sale in large quantities.
verb (used without object)
to unload something.
Informal. to relieve one's stress by talking, confessing, or the like.

1515–25; un-2 + load

unloader, noun
self-unloading, adjective
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unload (ʌnˈləʊd)
1.  to remove a load or cargo from (a ship, lorry, etc)
2.  to discharge (cargo, freight, etc)
3.  (tr) to relieve of a burden or troubles
4.  (tr) to give vent to (anxiety, troubles, etc)
5.  (tr) to get rid of or dispose of (esp surplus goods)
6.  (tr) to remove the charge of ammunition from (a firearm)

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Word Origin & History

1523, in ref. to cargo, from un- (2) + load (v.). Fig. sense (in ref. to feelings, etc.) is recorded from 1593.
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Example sentences
At the dock, commercial fishermen unload their catch before their boats are
  hoisted by crane from the sea.
Get more public transportation to unload the roads then drop your speed.
The price can vary, of course, and occasionally a dealer will get a big
  shipment of stolen needles and unload them cheap.
Now we're the ones who unload the car and carry the heaviest bags.
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