- 1 burden 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
- 2be burdened with something to be carrying something heavy She got off the bus, burdened with two heavy suitcases.
NAmE//ˈbərdn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they burden
he / she / it burdens
past simple burdened
-ing form burdening