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bur·den| ˈbərdn |


a load, typically a heavy one.

  • a duty or misfortune that causes hardship, anxiety, or grief; a nuisance: the burden of long-term illness.
  • a ship’s carrying capacity; tonnage: the schooner Wyoming, of about 6,000 tons burden.

verb [with object]

load heavily: she walked forward burdened with a wooden box.

  • cause (someone) hardship or distress: they were not yet burdened with adult responsibility.