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shoulder

noun [C]  /ˈʃoʊl·dər/ us  

shoulder noun [C] (BODY PART)

one of the two rounded, bony parts of a person’s body on either side of the neck where the top of the arm is joined: She put her head on my shoulder. A shoulder of a road is an edge just beyond the part you drive along, where you can stop safely.

shoulder

verb [T]  /ˈʃoʊl·dər/ us  

shoulder verb [T] (ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY)

to accept responsibility for something: It is usually women who shoulder the responsibility for the care of elderly relatives.

shoulder verb [T] (PUT ON BODY PART)

to put something on your shoulders to carry it: Shouldering her pack, she strode off up the road.
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