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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
burden (noun)
1.
a) something that is carried - load
b) - duty responsibility
2.
something oppressive or worrisome
3.
a) the bearing of a load - usually used in the phrase beast of burden
b) capacity for carrying cargo - a ship of a hundred tons burden
4.
- load worm burden cancer burden
burden (verb)
transitive verb
- load oppress I will not burden you with a lengthy account
burden (noun)
1.
archaic a bass or accompanying part
2.
a) - chorus refrain
b) a central topic - theme
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
burden (noun)
1.
a mass or quantity of something taken up and carried, conveyed, or transported
SYNONIMS:
burden, cargo, draft, freight, haul, lading, loading, payload, weight
RELATED WORDS:
consignment; boatload, carload, shipload, trainload, truckload, wagonload; ballast, deadweight; overload, surcharge; bale, bundle, pack, package, packet, parcel, shipment; manifest; body, bulk, mass
burden (noun)
2.
something one must do because of prior agreement
SYNONIMS:
burden, charge, commitment, devoir, do, duty, imperative, incumbency, need, office, responsibility
RELATED WORDS:
oath, pledge, promise, troth, vow, word; arrangement, prearrangement, setup; compact, contract, covenant, pact, trust; debt, payment, tribute; compulsion, constraint, restraint; must, requirement; coercion, duress, force; appointment, engagement, reservation; burden, onus
NEAR ANTONYMS:
grace, postponement, stay; discharge, ease, exemption, release, relief, waiver; loophole; alternative, choice, option, pick, preference, selection
burden (noun)
a part of a song or hymn that is repeated every so often
SYNONIMS:
burden, refrain
RELATED WORDS:
repeat, response
burden (verb)
1.
to place a weight or burden on
SYNONIMS:
burden, encumber, freight, lade, laden, lumber, saddle, weight
RELATED WORDS:
clog, clutter, fill, pack; heap, mound, pile, stack; press, weigh; strain, tax; overburden, overload, overtax, surcharge; hamper, handicap; afflict, oppress
NEAR ANTONYMS:
alleviate, ease, lighten, relieve
disburden, discharge, disencumber, unburden, unlade, unload
burden (verb)
2.
to make sad
SYNONIMS:
bum (out), burden, dash, deject, get down, oppress, sadden, weigh down
RELATED WORDS:
ail, distress, trouble; afflict, torment, torture; daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dismay, dispirit, get down, unnerve; agitate, bother, concern, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, disturb, exercise, freak (out), perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry
NEAR ANTONYMS:
animate, enliven, invigorate; assure, comfort, console, reassure, solace, soothe; excite, inspire, stimulate; elate, exhilarate; encourage, hearten; delight, gratify, please; boost, elevate, lift, uplift
brighten, buoy, cheer (up), gladden, lighten, rejoice
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