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 In one sordid chain of events, Mr. Gantz’s top strategist unburdened himself to a rabbi and, in the process, denigrated his client. New York Times, "Israeli Election Gives Edge to Netanyahu, Initial Results Show," 2 Mar. 2020 That will help the cellphone carrier and pay-TV distributor unburden some of its massive debt. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Hulu Sale Sets Stage for Disney-Comcast Showdown," 16 Apr. 2019 In addition to our own deregulatory actions, the other two branches of government have scored helpful assists in our goal of unburdening the labor force. Patrick Pizzella, National Review, "The Deregulatory Achievements of the Trump Labor Department," 6 Feb. 2020 Mobile officiants, unburdened with the high costs of venue maintenance, can offer more competitive prices, pulling crowds from the classics on the Strip. Cassidy George, New York Times, "Why Won’t Anyone Buy the Most Famous Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas?," 12 Oct. 2019 May her soul fly free at last, unburdened now by the sorrows of the world. Los Angeles Times, "‘House Hunters’ host Suzanne Whang dead at 56 after cancer fight," 20 Sep. 2019 In one sordid chain of events, Gantz’s top strategist unburdened himself to a rabbi and, in the process, denigrated his client. BostonGlobe.com, "Israeli election gives edge to Netanyahu, exit polls show," 2 Mar. 2020 The widening and expansion of Highway 36 is intended to unburden congested thoroughfares, provide a direct route between Hempstead and Freeport and offer a better hurricane evacuation route for residents in Waller, Fort Bend and Brazoria counties. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Department of Transportation gives updates on Highway 36," 3 Feb. 2020 Unlike other opioids, tramadol flowed freely around the world, unburdened by international controls that track most dangerous drugs. Washington Post, "Another opioid crisis is raging through the developing world," 13 Dec. 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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“Unburden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unburden. Accessed 18 Jan. 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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