To encumber with a burden (in any of the noun senses of the word).
Other Word Forms of Burden
Origin of Burden
From Middle English burden, birden, burthen, birthen, byrthen, from Old English byrden, byrþen (“burden, load, weight; charge, duty”), from Proto-Germanic *burþinjō (“burden”), from Proto-Germanic *burþį̄ (“burden”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- (“to carry, bear”). Cognate with Scots burthine (“burden”), Middle Low German borden (“burden”), Middle High German bürden (“burden, load”). Related to Old English byrd (“burden”), German Bürde (“burden, weight”), Danish byrde (“burden”), Swedish börde (“burden”), Icelandic byrði (“burden”).
Middle English from Old English byrthen bher-1 in Indo-European roots Noun, senses 4 and 5, influenced by bourdon
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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