Burden Definition

bûrdn
burdened, burdening, burdens
noun
burdens
Anything that is carried; load.
Webster's New World
Something that is emotionally difficult to bear.
American Heritage
Anything one has to bear or put up with; heavy load, as of work, duty, responsibility, or sorrow.
Webster's New World
A source of great worry or stress; weight.
The burden of economic sacrifice rests on the workers of the plant.
American Heritage
The carrying of loads.
A beast of burden.
Webster's New World
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verb
burdened, burdening, burdens
To cause difficulty or distress to; distress or oppress.
American Heritage
To put a burden on; load; weigh down; oppress.
Webster's New World
Burden is defined as making heavy with a load or with emotion.
To pack a mule for a trip is an example of burden.
An example of burden is to tell someone about your terrible week at work.
YourDictionary

To encumber with a burden (in any of the noun senses of the word).

To burden a nation with taxes.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Burden

Noun

Singular:
burden
Plural:
burdens

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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

  • From Old French bordon. See bourdon.

    From Wiktionary

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