- 1burden somebody/yourself (with something) to give somebody 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 taxation opposite unburden
- 2be burdened with something to be carrying something heavy She got off the bus, burdened with two heavy suitcases. Word Origin Old English byrthen, of West Germanic origin; related to the verb bear.Extra examples I don’t want to burden you with my worries. They have burdened themselves with a large mortgage.
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːdn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrdn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they burden
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːdn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrdn//he / she / it burdens
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːdnz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrdnz//past simple burdened
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːdnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrdnd//past participle burdened
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːdnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrdnd//-ing form burdening
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːdnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrdnɪŋ//