burden


1bur·den

noun \ˈbər-dən\

Definition of BURDEN

1
a :  something that is carried :  load
b :  duty, responsibility
2
:  something oppressive or worrisome
3
a :  the bearing of a load —usually used in the phrase beast of burden
b :  capacity for carrying cargo <a ship of a hundred tons burden>
4
:  load 11 <worm burden> <cancer burden>

Origin of BURDEN

Middle English, from Old English byrthen; akin to Old English beran to carry — more at bear
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with BURDEN

2burden

transitive verb

: to make (someone) hold or carry something heavy or accept or deal with something difficult : to put a heavy burden on (someone)

bur·dened bur·den·ing \ˈbərd-niŋ, ˈbər-dən-iŋ\

Full Definition of BURDEN

:  load, oppress <I will not burden you with a lengthy account>

Examples of BURDEN

  1. I don't wish to burden you with my problems.
  2. <burdened the dog with a little backpack>

First Known Use of BURDEN

1541

Rhymes with BURDEN

3burden

noun

Definition of BURDEN

1
archaic :  a bass or accompanying part
2
a :  chorus, refrain
b :  a central topic :  theme

Origin of BURDEN

Middle English burdoun, from Anglo-French burdun a drone bass, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 14th century

bur·den

noun \ˈbərd-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BURDEN

: load 3 <worm burden> <cancer burden>

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