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

     

    unburden

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈbɜːdn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈbɜːrdn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they unburden
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈbɜːdn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈbɜːrdn//
     
    he / she / it unburdens
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈbɜːdnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈbɜːrdnz//
     
    past simple unburdened
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈbɜːdnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈbɜːrdnd//
     
    past participle unburdened
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈbɜːdnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈbɜːrdnd//
     
    -ing form unburdening
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈbɜːdnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈbɜːrdnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1unburden yourself/something (of something) (to somebody) (formal) to talk to somebody 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 somebody/something opposite burden
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