One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To load with too heavy a burden, to overload; to overburden. Now only in pass.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From over- + lade. Compare Middle Dutch overladen (Dutch overladen), Old High German ubarhladan (Middle High German überladen, German überladen).
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