1

overburden

verb over·bur·den \ ˌō-vər-ˈbər-dᵊn \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of overburden

transitive verb
:to place an excessive burden on

Examples of overburden in a Sentence

  1. She overburdened me with work.

  2. Why overburden yourself when people are offering to help?

Recent Examples of overburden from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'overburden.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of overburden

1532

overburden Synonyms


2

overburden

noun over·bur·den \ ˈō-vər-ˌbər-dᵊn \

Definition of overburden

:material overlying a deposit of useful geological materials or bedrock

Recent Examples of overburden from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'overburden.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of overburden

1821


OVERBURDEN Defined for English Language Learners

overburden

verb

Definition of overburden for English Language Learners

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


OVERBURDEN Defined for Kids

overburden

verb over·bur·den \ ˌō-vər-ˈbər-dᵊn \

Definition of overburden for Students

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up overburden? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to praise usually to excess

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!