dis·​bur·​den | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈbər-dᵊn How to pronounce disburden (audio) \
disburdened; disburdening; disburdens

Definition of disburden

transitive verb

1a : to rid of a burden disburden a pack animal
b : unburden disburden your conscience
2 : unload disburdened their merchandise in the town square

intransitive verb

: discharge the vessels disburdened at the dock

Other Words from disburden

disburdenment \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈbər-​dᵊn-​mənt How to pronounce disburden (audio) \ noun

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Examples of disburden in a Sentence

disburdened the oil tanker before it could leak any more oil the cinema was a place where we could disburden ourselves of our cares, if only for a couple of hours
Recent Examples on the Web This is again a reform that would very much disburden the poor, the crime being so closely linked to their particular distress. Marilynne Robinson, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022

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First Known Use of disburden

1532, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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23 Jul 2022

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“Disburden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disburden. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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