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over·​bur·​den ˌō-vər-ˈbər-dᵊn How to pronounce overburden (audio)
overburdened; overburdening; overburdens

transitive verb

: to place an excessive burden on


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over·​bur·​den ˈō-vər-ˌbər-dᵊn How to pronounce overburden (audio)
: material overlying a deposit of useful geologic materials or bedrock

Examples of overburden in a Sentence

Verb She overburdened me with work. Why overburden yourself when people are offering to help?
Recent Examples on the Web
Specifically, the Advanced Clean Trucks rule would slash diesel pollution that overburdens our black and brown communities. Dr. David Hill, Hartford Courant, 11 Feb. 2024 In Georgia in particular, a series of election rules passed over the last three years, threaten to overburden election officials and in some cases issue criminal penalties against them. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2024
The demand-resource mismatches of burnout, the operational drivers, are substantial and must be addressed: clumsy electronic medical records, understaffing, and administrative overburden, among others. Wendy Dean, STAT, 7 June 2023 Approaches to reduce firearm violence should also be coupled with an investment in addressing social and economic factors such as concentrated poverty and segregation that contribute to an overburden of violence in under-resourced communities. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 May 2022 See all Example Sentences for overburden 

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Word History

First Known Use


1532, in the meaning defined above


1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overburden was in 1532

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“Overburden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overburden. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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