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Synonyms for burden
ˈbɜr dnbur·den

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. burdennoun

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. burden, load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onusnoun

    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, burdennoun

    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, gistnoun

    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. burdenverb

    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 downverb

    weight down with a load

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

    unburden, disburden

  6. charge, saddle, burdenverb

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. burdennoun

    load, weight

  2. burdennoun

    cargo, freight, lading

  3. burdennoun

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

  4. burdennoun

    chorus, refrain

  5. burdenverb

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. burdennoun

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

  2. burdenverb

    encumber, load, surcharge, oppress

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How to use burden in a sentence?

  1. Ryan Nipp:

    The financial burden associated with cancer has been shown to correlate with poor quality of life, high symptom burden, and even survival.

  2. Freddie Bray:

    The burden of cancer incidence and mortality is rapidly growing worldwide, and reflects both aging and growth of the population, as well as changes in the prevalence and distribution of the main risk factors for cancer, several of which are associated with socioeconomic development, effective and resource-sensitive preventative and curative interventions are pertinent for cancer diagnosis.

  3. Jesus Christ:

    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

  4. Susan King:

    I hope that we will be able to continue to really build a better public university, where all students and all of our faculty feel welcome, we would have loved to have done it with you, but we don't want to put the burden on you, either.

  5. Mark Takano:

    I am very troubled by your non-answers today. Madam secretary, there is no freedom in a student being obligated to pay off a loan from a school that has defrauded them. It's an unjust burden.

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