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.