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Noun: burden  bur-d(u)n
  1. An onerous or difficult concern
    "the burden of responsibility";
    - load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus
     
  2. Weight to be borne or conveyed
    - load, loading
     
  3. The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
    - effect, essence, core, gist
     
  4. The central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse
Verb: burden  bur-d(u)n
  1. Add a heavy load; increase the weight of a load
    - burthen, weight, weight down
     
  2. Impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
    "He burdened her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend";
    - charge, saddle

Derived forms: burdening, burdened, burdens

Type of: charge, command, concern, headache, idea, import, meaning, require, significance, signification, thought, vexation, weight, worry

Antonym: unburden

Encyclopedia: Burden, Kansas