Definition of burden
2 : something oppressive or worrisome a heavy burden of guilt was a huge financial burden on his family
3a : the bearing of a load —usually used in the phrase beast of burdenb : capacity for carrying cargo a ship of a hundred tons burden
4 : load 11 worm burdens of cattle cancer burden
Examples of burden in a Sentence
I don't wish to burden you with my problems.
burdened the dog with a little backpack
Origin and Etymology of burden
Middle English burdoun, from Anglo-French burdun a drone bass, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
BURDEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of burden for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) hold or carry something heavy or accept or deal with something difficult : to put a heavy burden on (someone)
BURDEN Defined for Kids
Definition of burden for Students
1 : to have a heavy load or put a heavy load on
2 : to cause to have to deal with He is burdened with responsibilities.
Legal Definition of burden
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 : burden of proof
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