overload o‧ver‧load [ˌəʊvəˈləʊd ǁ ˌoʊvərˈloʊd] verb overloaded PASTPART or overladen PASTPART [-ˈleɪdn] [transitive]
1. to give someone more work, information etc than they can deal with:
overload somebody with something

• Don't overload your buyer with too much information.

2. be overloaded with something if something is overloaded with a particular problem, it is badly affected by that problem:

• The economy was overloaded with so much debt that a real depression was possible.

— overload [ˈəʊvələʊd ǁ ˈoʊvərloʊd] noun [countable, uncountable] :

• Opening up another channel of information will add to the information overload suffered by managers.

traffic overload

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overload UK US /ˌəʊvəˈləʊd/ verb [T]
to give something or someone too much work: »

Many companies limit personal downloads so that they don't overload the computer system.


We are doing our best in a highly competitive environment with an overloaded staff.

to put too many things in or on something: »

The company had overloaded the truck, which was illegal.

overload sth with sth »

His desk is overloaded with papers and books.

to put too much electricity through an electrical system: »

Avoid overloading outlets and extension cords.

overload UK US /ˈəʊvələʊd/ noun [U or S]
too much of something: an overload of sth »

There is an overload of factors that confront consumers in the marketplace.


Investors are already swamped with information and there is a serious danger of overload.

See also INFORMATION OVERLOAD(Cf. information overload), WORK OVERLOAD(Cf. ↑work overload)

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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