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English definition of “burden”


noun [C]     /ˈbɜːdən/
a difficult situation or unpleasant responsibility that you must deal with or worry about: ease/lighten/reduce the burden (on sb) By training additional staff , management could significantly ease the burden on its over-worked personnel .heavy/big/enormous burden I sympathize with the heavy burden of paperwork they have to deal with. the administrative / legal burden
the responsibility of paying money that you owe , or the large amount of money that you owe : bear/carry/assume the burden (for sth) If the new law is passed , tax payers will assume the burden for rising energy costs .financial/economic burden He proposed that the state accept the financial burden. a tax / mortgage / loan burden → See also debt burden
(Definition of burden noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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