Burden Bur"den, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burdened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Burdening}.] 1. To encumber with weight (literal or figurative); to lay a heavy load upon; to load. [1913 Webster]

I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened. --2 Cor. viii. 13. [1913 Webster]

2. To oppress with anything grievous or trying; to overload; as, to burden a nation with taxes. [1913 Webster]

My burdened heart would break. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden (something heavy or objectionable). [R.] [1913 Webster]

It is absurd to burden this act on Cromwell. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To load; encumber; overload; oppress. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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