| The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.|
|NOUN:||1. Something that is carried. 2a. Something that is emotionally difficult to bear. b. A source of great worry or stress; weight: The burden of economic sacrifice rests on the workers of the plant. 3. A responsibility or duty: The burden of organizing the campaign fell to me. 4. Nautical a. The amount of cargo that a vessel can carry. b. The weight of the cargo carried by a vessel at one time. |
|TRANSITIVE VERB:||Inflected forms: bur·dened, bur·den·ing, bur·dens|
1. To weigh down; oppress. 2. To load or overload.
|ETYMOLOGY:||Middle English, from Old English byrthen. See bher-1 in Appendix I.|
|SYNONYMS:||burden1, affliction, cross, trial, tribulation These nouns denote something onerous or troublesome: the burden of a guilty conscience; indebtedness that is an affliction; a temper that is her cross; a troublemaker who is a trial to the teacher; suffered many tribulations in rising from poverty. See also synonyms at substance.
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