unburden

verb
un·​bur·​den | \ ˌən-ˈbər-dᵊn How to pronounce unburden (audio) \
unburdened; unburdening; unburdens

Definition of unburden

transitive verb

1 : to free or relieve from a burden
2 : to relieve oneself of (cares, fears, worries, etc.) : cast off

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unburden

Synonyms

disburden, discharge, disencumber, off-load, unlade, unload, unpack

Antonyms

load, pack

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Examples of unburden in a Sentence

the crew was frantically unburdening the ship in an attempt to save it a generous friend unburdened her of that particular financial worry

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Williamson is a charismatic delight, seemingly unburdened by the pressures that come with early athletic superstardom. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Yikes, His Nikes! Zion Williamson’s Sneaker Disaster," 21 Feb. 2019 In some cultures grief is noisy, and people unburden themselves of it in bewailing; in other cultures, silence or whispers; and in still others, rituals are gone through to assure a good journey beyond. John Crowley, Harper's magazine, "Works of Mercy," 10 Apr. 2019 Cheap and unburdened by regulations governing mobile-phone service, Wi-Fi networks have grown from a coffee-shop perk to near ubiquity. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Cellphone Carriers Envision World Without Wi-Fi," 2 Mar. 2019 One goal of the treatment is to help veterans unburden themselves of shame, Yeomans told me. New York Times, "The Wounds of the Drone Warrior," 13 June 2018 Even over the phone, McCaskill sounds light and unburdened. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "What It's Like to Lose in the Year of the Woman," 21 Dec. 2018 This willingness to experiment without feeling beholden to fan expectations about what games should be sold or shared makes Itchio feel like a garden of digital possibility, one unburdened by corporate overlords or the growing malaise of loot boxes. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The game store that outshines Steam by staying small and weird," 29 Nov. 2018 Carrie is perhaps the most heartbreaking, her face pressed close to the lens, whispering plaintively like a fugitive, apologetically unburdening her palpable panic, pain, and loneliness. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "An unflinching look at ‘The Pain of Others’," 28 June 2018 After 80 games, Cristiano Felicio finally is unburdening himself. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Cristiano Felicio admits he tried to live up to contract," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unburden

circa 1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unburden was circa 1538

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unburden

verb

English Language Learners Definition of unburden

: to take a problem or burden away from (someone or something)

unburden

verb
un·​bur·​den | \ ˌən-ˈbər-dᵊn How to pronounce unburden (audio) \
unburdened; unburdening

Kids Definition of unburden

: to free from a burden and especially from something causing worry or unhappiness After weeks of worry she unburdened herself to her friends.

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