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 geological 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 Another factor in the slowing growth of tourism is overburdened infrastructure. The Economist, "A fall in the number of Chinese tourists breeds unease in Thailand," 29 Aug. 2019 The character is overburdened with playwriting epiphanies but Rogers never falters in her honesty. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At the Getty Villa, Sophocles gets wounded in Aaron Posner’s revamp of ‘Philoctetes’," 6 Sep. 2019 Among the findings were that its mental health clinicians were overburdened. Madeline Buckley, chicagotribune.com, "Summit of mental health experts recommends reforms after cluster of suicides by Chicago cops," 5 July 2019 Reyes said any new policy should not overburden the poorest populations in Connecticut who are already challenged by environmental issues. Slade Rand, courant.com, "Lamont moves to speed up state’s response to climate change," 3 Sep. 2019 More recently, urban sprawl in Tijuana has overburdened the wastewater treatment infrastructure, sending more flows of untreated sewage into the United States. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "These six projects could fix the cross-border sewage spills," 1 Sep. 2019 Another factor in the slowing growth of tourism is overburdened infrastructure. The Economist, "A fall in the number of Chinese tourists breeds unease in Thailand," 29 Aug. 2019 Should the team be worried about one of their biggest stars being overburdened with more games with a possible playoff run on the horizon? Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets Mailbag: Is Denver the best team in the Western Conference?," 23 Aug. 2019 Another factor in the slowing growth of tourism is overburdened infrastructure. The Economist, "A fall in the number of Chinese tourists breeds unease in Thailand," 31 Aug. 2019 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, "The Top Secret Cold War Project That Pulled Climate Science From the Ice," 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, "With Democrats upset, school testing reforms could falter again in Senate," 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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13 Oct 2019

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The first known use of overburden was in 1532

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overburden

verb
How to pronounce overburden (audio)

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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