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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. Leo Terrell:

    Playboy had a duty to provide a safe and hostile-free workplace for the Playboy Bunnies, the victims have the burden to establish knowledge on the part of Playboy. For example, did any of the victims [ complain ] to management about Bill Cosby ?

  2. Patrick Leahy:

    If their (ABC's) information is accurate, the burden is on the Iraqi Government to punish those involved and on the Departments of State and Defense to insist that they do so and to offer support in investigating and punishing those involved as the law calls for, otherwise the Iraqi units involved should be deemed ineligible for U.S. aid.

  3. Yoshiro Mori:

    What we're trying to avoid above all is swelling expenses that become a huge burden for the people of Japan.

  4. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Psychologically, crying relieves and softens the burden of grief and pain of sorrow; whereas, spiritually, it cleans the sins and mistakes and purifies the conscience and soul.

  5. Kevin McAleenan:

    The burden of addressing the migration flows will be something we do together as a partnership in the entire region with multiple countries.

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