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burden

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noun bur·den \ˈbər-dən\

Definition of burden

  1. 1 a :  something that is carried :  load b :  duty, responsibility

  2. 2 :  something oppressive or worrisome

  3. 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. 4 :  load 11 <worm burden> <cancer burden>



Origin and Etymology of burden

Middle English, from Old English byrthen; akin to Old English beran to carry — more at bear


First Known Use: before 12th century


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burden

verb bur·den

Simple Definition of burden

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of burden

burdened

burdening

play \ˈbərd-niŋ, ˈbər-dən-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  load, oppress <I will not burden you with a lengthy account>

Examples of burden in a sentence

  1. I don't wish to burden you with my problems.

  2. <burdened the dog with a little backpack>



1541

First Known Use of burden

1541


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burden

noun bur·den

Definition of burden

  1. 1 archaic :  a bass or accompanying part

  2. 2 a :  chorus, refrain b :  a central topic :  theme



Origin and Etymology of burden

Middle English burdoun, from Anglo-French burdun a drone bass, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with burden



BURDEN Defined for Kids

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burden

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noun bur·den \ˈbər-dən\

Definition of burden for Students

  1. 1 :  something carried :  load

  2. 2 :  something that is hard to take <a heavy burden of sorrow>

  3. 3 :  the capacity of a ship for carrying cargo <a vessel of fifty tons burden>




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burden

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verb bur·den

Definition of burden for Students

burdened

burdening

  1. 1 :  to have a heavy load or put a heavy load on

  2. 2 :  to cause to have to deal with <He is burdened with responsibilities.>




Medical Dictionary

burden

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noun bur·den \ˈbərd-ən\

Medical Definition of burden

  1. :  load 3 <worm burden> <cancer burden>




Law Dictionary

burden

noun bur·den

Legal Definition of burden

  1. 1 :  something that is a duty, obligation, or responsibility <the prosecution has the burden of proving every element of the offense> <the statute imposes undue burdens> <burden of pleading the necessary elements>

  2. 2 :  burden of proof





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