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burden

noun (1)

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(Entry 1 of 3)

1 a mass or quantity of something taken up and carried, conveyed, or transported
  • the early settlers often used horses to carry their burdens

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2 something one must do because of prior agreement
  • the burden of homework prevented the youngster from joining his friends at the game

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burden

noun (2)

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a part of a song or hymn that is repeated every so often
  • had some trouble coming up with a burden for the song

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burden

verb

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1 to place a weight or burden on
  • burdened the dog with a little backpack

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The first known use of burden was before the 12th century

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“Burden.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/burden. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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