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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: discharge
the vessels disburdened at the dock
disburdenment noun

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 Nelson sometimes counsels musicians to feel, not count — to disburden themselves of metronomic ideas about tempo and go with the flow. Jody Rosen, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2022 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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Word History

First Known Use

1532, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of disburden was in 1532

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“Disburden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disburden. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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dis·​bur·​den (ˈ)dis-ˈbərd-ᵊn How to pronounce disburden (audio)
disburdenment noun

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