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Definition of unburden verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they unburden
    he / she / it unburdens
    past simple unburdened
    -ing form unburdening
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  1. 1unburden yourself/something (of something) (to somebody) (formal) to talk to someone about your problems or something you have been worrying about, so that you feel less anxious She needed to unburden herself to somebody. She unburdened herself of her feelings of guilt.
  2. 2unburden somebody/something (of something) to take something that causes a lot of work or worry away from someone or something opposite burden
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