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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Characters in Richard Greenberg’s plays tend to unburden themselves in spoken arias. Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Or, at least, to unburden himself from budgets and season selection. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 15 Sep. 2021 But, then again, there has been nobody skillful enough to make Flavia unburden herself. Han Ong, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Instead, much of it is liquified and spread across farm fields to fertilize crops — the cheapest and easiest way to unburden farmers of their lagoons filled with dung. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Multiple men unburden their emotions and regrets on The Bachelorette, including Aaron. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 27 July 2021 The plan was meant to unburden the government from the COVID-19 pandemic's financial strain, The Associated Press reported. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 8 May 2021 Machines conducting essential activities, such as a robot that delivers medicines on different floors of a hospital, are used to effectively unburden medical staff. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Senate Bill 7 is one of several bills filed this session that seek to unburden Kentuckians who were paid too much in unemployment benefits through no fault of their own. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 6 Mar. 2021

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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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24 Oct 2021

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“Unburden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unburden. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unburden

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


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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