Definition of shoulder verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    shoulder

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈʃəʊldə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃoʊldər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shoulder
    BrE BrE//ˈʃəʊldə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃoʊldər//
     
    he / she / it shoulders
    BrE BrE//ˈʃəʊldəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃoʊldərz//
     
    past simple shouldered
    BrE BrE//ˈʃəʊldəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃoʊldərd//
     
    past participle shouldered
    BrE BrE//ˈʃəʊldəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃoʊldərd//
     
    -ing form shouldering
    BrE BrE//ˈʃəʊldərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃoʊldərɪŋ//
     
     
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    accept responsibility
  1. 1[transitive] shoulder something to accept the responsibility for something to shoulder the responsibility/blame for something women who shoulder the double burden of childcare and full-time work
  2. push with shoulder
  3. 2[transitive, intransitive] to push forward with your shoulder in order to get somewhere shoulder your way + adv./prep. He shouldered his way through the crowd and went after her. + adv./prep. She shouldered past a woman with a screaming baby.
  4. 3[transitive] shoulder somebody/something + adv./prep. to push somebody/something out of your way with your shoulder He shouldered the man aside.
  5. carry on shoulder
  6. 4[transitive] shoulder something to carry something on your shoulder She shouldered her bag and set off home. to shoulder arms (= to hold a weapon, rifle, etc. against your shoulder while you are not using it)
  7. Word Origin Old English sculdor, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch schouder and German Schulter.Extra examples He was unwilling to shoulder this responsibility alone. She had to shoulder the burden of childcare. She shouldered her way through the crowd. We were shouldered roughly out of the way. He shouldered the younger man aside. I think everyone has got to shoulder the responsibility for this defeat. She made her way to the door, shouldering the other kids out of the way. These women shoulder the double burden of childcare and full-time work.
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