Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To unload (a vehicle or container).
  • transitive v. Computer Science To transfer (data) to a peripheral device.
  • transitive v. Slang To get rid of and pass on to another: "He does come close to offloading some of the blame for the launch on . . . the dear old media” ( Meg Greenfield).
  • intransitive v. To unload a vehicle or container.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to unload
  • v. to get rid of things, work, or problems by passing them on to someone or something else
  • n. The act of passing the ball to a team mate when tackled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. transfer to a peripheral device, of computer data
  • v. take the load off (a container or vehicle)

Etymologies

From off- +‎ load. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I didn't mean to use the word offload, hope I didn't, but the non-core assets I'm referring to are the Parkinson's program, the GERD program, and ProQuin, and as you might imagine those are very different.

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  • A prominent feature of rugby league that has come to rugby union, the offload is the art of passing the ball while being tackled.

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  • The offload is a long slow process and involves many variables that your Marines will have no control over, so please be patient.

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  • Another Newton alderman, Charlie Shapiro, said the ordinance was a way for the city, which has an $8 million deficit, to "offload" some responsibility for keeping sidewalks clear.

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  • They will do everything as I said, to 'offload' the feelings, often in the form of a fight.

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  • The punter will "offload" and have this outcome: Saints win flag - wins $1. 5mill Saints lose flag - wins $800k - $1mill.

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  • Additionally, a reliance on imports will require governments to ensure an effective supply chain infrastructure, such as offload¬ing capabilities at ports, sufficient storage capacity, and so forth.

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  • If the plan is to "offload" those loans, who gets stuck holding the bag?

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  • Purpleslog, Because working memory is so limited, we need to 'offload' from it … One way of doing ...

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  • If I can anthropomorphize a bit too: I would probably react similarly if some giant pulled me out of my living room, slapped a metal band on my arm, poured warm seawater down my throat and turned me upside down to "offload" my stomach to see what I had for breakfast, threw me in a bag and weighed me and then dropped me back in the living room reminds me of the Larson cartoon with the male bear returning to the cave with an ear tag and a collar around his neck and trying to explain what happened to an obviously ticked off mama bear.

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