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1 Load (a ship or other vessel)
- ‘In any case, Banks laded the transports with the seeds of dozens of fruits, grains and vegetables.’
- 1.1 Ship (goods) as cargo.
- ‘Mahabir said he returned to India when the rice was shipped and brought back samples of what had been laded.’
- 1.2[no object] (of a ship) take on cargo.
Old English hladan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German laden to load also to ladle and perhaps to lathe.
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