Definition of burden noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbɜːdn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrdn//
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  1. 1the burden (of something) | a burden (on/to somebody) a duty, responsibility, etc. that causes worry, difficulty or hard work to bear/carry/ease/reduce/share the burden The main burden of caring for old people falls on the state. the heavy tax burden on working people I don't want to become a burden to my children when I'm old.
  2. 2(formal) a heavy load that is difficult to carry see also beast of burden
  3. Word OriginOld English byrthen, of West Germanic origin; related to the verb bear.
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