overburden

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

Definition of overburden

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place an excessive burden on

overburden

noun
over·​bur·​den | \ ˈō-vər-ˌbər-dᵊn How to pronounce overburden (audio) \

Definition of overburden (Entry 2 of 2)

: material overlying a deposit of useful geologic materials or bedrock

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Synonyms for overburden

Synonyms: Verb

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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: Verb Health care professionals have warned that an influx of tens of thousands of coaches, athletes and media — not all of whom may be fully vaccinated — could overburden Japan’s already stretched medical system. Washington Post, 25 May 2021 Equally distribute the workload and try not to overburden your employees. Jonathan Gary, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 But officials and experts warn that an overcrowded ICU can overburden doctors and nurses, imperiling the quality of care for everyone, including COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims and those who have been seriously injured in a car accident. Brittny Mejia Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2020 Doctors and government officials have been urging Americans to get the flu shot especially this year, because the combination of a bad flu season and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could overburden hospitals. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, 28 Sep. 2020 Studies show that dual waves of coronavirus and influenza threaten to overburden the health care system. USA Today, 13 Oct. 2020 And with Wisconsin currently one of the nation's top hot spots for the coronavirus, people sick with flu could overburden a health care system that's already bursting in several communities in the state. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Oct. 2020 Trump administration officials have said Gee's order, if implemented, would overburden ICE family detention centers and U.S. refugee agency shelters and hinder efforts to contain the coronavirus inside these facilities. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 1 Oct. 2020 Julie Washington reports that a bad flu season with high numbers of hospitalizations, combined with COVID-19, could overburden hospitals across the country. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 11 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The working assumption was that everything would soon be crushed by the overburden of snow anyway. Jon Gertner, WIRED, 12 June 2019 Keep in mind, the whole purpose of this was to relieve students of the overburden of exams and let teachers teach. Kristen M. Clark, miamiherald, 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of overburden

Verb

1532, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overburden was in 1532

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3 Jun 2021

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“Overburden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overburden. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for overburden

overburden

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overburden

: to give (someone or something) too much work, worry, etc. : to burden (someone or something) too much

overburden

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

Kids Definition of overburden

: to burden too heavily I'm overburdened with work.

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