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burden

noun [C] uk   /ˈbɜː.dən/  us   /ˈbɝː-/
a heavy load that you carry: The little donkey struggled under its heavy burden.C1 something difficult or unpleasant that you have to deal with or worry about: the burden of responsibility My elderly mother worries that she's a burden to me. Buying a house often places a large financial burden on young couples.
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verb [T] uk   /ˈbɜː.dən/  us   /ˈbɝː-/
to trouble someone with something difficult or unpleasant: I don't want to burden you with my problems.
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