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Definitions of burden

  1. To encumber with weight (literal or figurative); to lay a heavy load upon; to load. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To oppress with anything grievous or trying; to overload; as, to burden a nation with taxes. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden (something heavy or objectionable). Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To load; to lay a weight upon; to put too much upon; hence, to oppress. Also, burthen. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To load: to oppress: to encumber. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To load; oppress. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To load or overload. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. To load; to encumber; to oppress. See Bear. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. To lay on a load; to oppress. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. The refrain of a song. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. That which is borne or carried; a load. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. That which is borne with labor or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. The tops or heads of stream-work which lie over the stream of tin. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. A fixed quantity of certain commodities; as, a burden of gad steel, 120 pounds. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A birth. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The verse repeated in a song, or the return of the theme at the end of each stanza; the chorus; refrain. Hence: That which is often repeated or which is dwelt upon; the main topic; as, the burden of a prayer. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. The drone of a bagpipe. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A club. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. That which is borne or carried; a load; something grievous, wearisome, or oppressive; a chorus or refrain; a topic of conversation; the gist of a matter. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. A load: weight: cargo: that which is grievous, oppressive, or difficult to bear. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. Part of a song repeated at the end of every stanza, refrain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. What is borne; a load; the refrain or chorus of a song. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. Something heavy to bear; a load. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. The carrying capacity of a vessel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. Something borne or carried; a load; anything that is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive to bear; quantity that a ship will carry; cargo. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. The verse repeated in a song at the end of each verse: the chorus; that which is often repeated, or on which one dwells. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. Sometimes written burthen, something carried; a load; something grievous or oppressive; the prevailing sentiment in a song; the chorus; a ship's capacity for carrying. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for burden

  1. His mind was wandering, but still the burden of his soul was, " Julia, Julia, oh, will she not come?" – Tempest and Sunshine by Mary J. Holmes
  2. They were a burden from which she was never free. – Mary Wollstonecraft by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
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