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Synonyms for burden
ˈbɜr dn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. burden, load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus(noun)

    an onerous or difficult concern

    "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind"

    preventive, lading, incumbrance, preventative, interference, payload, core, consignment, freight, lode, hitch, onus, gist, effect, loading, hinderance, cargo, essence, encumbrance, load, shipment, hindrance, warhead

    disburden, unburden

  2. load, loading, burden(noun)

    weight to be borne or conveyed

    lading, incumbrance, payload, core, consignment, freight, lode, onus, gist, effect, loading, cargo, essence, encumbrance, load, shipment, warhead

    disburden, unburden

  3. effect, essence, burden, core, gist(noun)

    the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

    substance, loading, perfume, meat, centre, center, consequence, core, marrow, load, sum, impression, event, heart and soul, core group, upshot, effect, nub, kernel, nitty-gritty, gist, inwardness, pith, heart, nucleus, onus, essence, magnetic core, outcome, encumbrance, issue, force, incumbrance, result

    unburden, disburden

  4. burden(verb)

    the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse

    incumbrance, effect, onus, loading, essence, encumbrance, gist, core, load

    disburden, unburden

  5. burden, burthen, weight, weight down(verb)

    weight down with a load

    slant, saddle, weight, weight down, burthen, angle, charge

    unburden, disburden

  6. charge, saddle, burden(verb)

    impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to

    "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"

    saddle, institutionalize, buck, shoot down, commove, turn on, shoot, appoint, institutionalise, agitate, rouse, charge, consign, accuse, point, file, bill, tear, level, burthen, blame, load, bear down, commit, weight, charge up, excite, lodge, weight down, send

    disburden, unburden

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. burden(n)

    A burden (from the Anglo-Saxon byrthen, from the verb beran, bear) is what one has to bear, and the word is used always of that which is borne by a living agent. A load (from the Anglo-Saxon lād, a way, course, carrying, or carriage) is what is laid upon a person, animal, or vehicle for conveyance, or what is customarily so imposed; as, a two-horse load. Weight measures the pressure due to gravity; the same weight that one finds a moderate load when in his full strength becomes a heavy burden in weariness or weakness. A ship's load is called distinctively a cargo, or it may be known as freight or lading. Freight denotes merchandise in or for transportation and is used largely of transportation or of merchandise transported by rail, which is, in commercial language, said to be "shipped." A load to be fastened upon a horse or mule is called a pack, and the animal is known as a pack-horse or pack-mule.

    cargo, charge, clog, encumbrance, freight, incubus, lading, load, pack, weight

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. burden(n)

    load, weight, incubus, obstruction, oppression, grief, difficulty, affliction

    ease, lightness, airiness, expedition, facility, acceleration, abjugation, liberation, lightheartedness, alleviation, assuagement, mitigation, consolation, disburdenment

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. burden(n.)

    load, weight

  2. burden(n.)

    cargo, freight, lading

  3. burden(n.)

    incumbrance, clog, impediment, incubus, drag weight, dead weight

  4. burden(n.)

    chorus, refrain

  5. burden(v. a.)

    load, overload, overlay, oppress, surcharge, put a burden upon

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. burden(n)

    load, cargo, incubus, encumbrance, weight, impediment, trial, oppression, chorus, refrain

  2. burden(v)

    encumber, load, surcharge, oppress

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How to use burden in a sentence?

  1. Plato:

    He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.

  2. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier:

    It's clear that Greece - which is trying to get back on its feet right now - is feeling this influx as a particular burden, we will really support Greece in dealing with these big challenges.

  3. Lynn Bufka:

    It will be important for us as communities to think about how to support these individuals whose lives are going to be disrupted, how can we even this burden and support those who have less options ?

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    When the burden of life becomes heavier, when it starts crushing our shoulders with all its might, it is time to be stronger!

  5. James Tagliaferri:

    It's a burden that's very hard to bear, and I want to apologize again.

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