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 Others here see the testing as a nakedly self-interested push for profit, an arms race to launch the first driverless taxi service and reap the profits that come from being unburdened to paying drivers. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Silicon Valley pioneered self-driving cars. But some of its tech-savvy residents don’t want them tested in their neighborhoods.," 3 Oct. 2019 One big advantage: Volunteers help unburden overburdened classroom teachers. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin needs more kids to take computer science. Can a Microsoft program help make that happen?," 6 June 2019 The post-El Paso O'Rourke has also appeared unburdened by typical candidate rhetorical expectations. NBC News, "Buttigieg and O'Rourke fight to reinvigorate their presidential campaigns," 12 Sep. 2019 Please feel free to unburden yourself of any knee-jerk thoughts typically ascribed to fourteen-year-old boys. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "Everything You’re Afraid to Ask About Human Composting," 26 Aug. 2019 Seemingly now unburdened, United were more at ease after half-time and did start to create chances to score. SI.com, "Alan Hansen's 'You Can't Win Anything With Kids' Comment & Man Utd's 1995 Thumping at Aston Villa," 19 Aug. 2019 His voice bounces with the buzz of one recently unburdened. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Wave Racer Blew Up, Then Disappeared. Now, He Breaks His Silence: 'It Came Down to Feelings of Intense Anxiety'," 30 July 2019 Jane looks emotionally and spiritually lighter and unburdened (the only obstacle in her life is her new set of blunt, black bangs), and Renata is... Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Big Little Lies," 10 June 2019 Like all political ideas unburdened by their likelihood of actually happening, reparations are frequently spoken of in outlandish terms. Graham Hillard, National Review, "The Other Case against Reparations," 22 July 2019

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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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21 Nov 2019

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“Unburden.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unburden?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=unburd01. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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