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Definition of burden verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they burden
    he / she / it burdens
    past simple burdened
    -ing form burdening
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  1. 1burden somebody/yourself (with something) to give someone a duty, responsibility, etc. that causes worry, difficulty, or hard work They have burdened themselves with a high mortgage. I don't want to burden you with my worries. to be burdened by high taxes opposite unburden
  2. 2be burdened with something to be carrying something heavy She got off the bus, burdened with two heavy suitcases.
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