bur·​dened ˈbər-dᵊnd How to pronounce burdened (audio)
: carrying a burden : heavily laden or encumbered
burdened with/by debt/guilt/responsibilities
… saved a burdened shopper the trouble of returning her grocery cart …Elizabeth Kadetsky
With burdened heart and aching eyes I looked over the walls around me.Wilkie Collins

Examples of burdened in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sam and Katherine communicate mostly through burdened stares and regretful glances, which suggest the depth of the pair’s intimacy. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 The world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange has gotten a little too burdened. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 8 May 2023 Through the vote, the poor can access financial means, the infirm can find health care supports, and the burdened and heavy-laden can receive a measure of relief from a social safety net that serves all. Darryl Pinckney, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of burdened was in 1697

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“Burdened.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burdened. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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