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Meaning of “burden” in the English Dictionary

"burden" in British English

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burdennoun [C]

uk   /ˈbɜː.dən/  us   /ˈbɝː-/
a ​heavy load that you ​carry: The little ​donkeystruggled under ​its heavy burden.C1 something ​difficult or ​unpleasant that you have to ​deal with or ​worry about: the burden of ​responsibility My ​elderlymotherworries that she's a burden to me. Buying a ​house often ​places a ​largefinancial burden onyoungcouples.

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burdenverb [T]

uk   /ˈbɜː.dən/  us   /ˈbɝː-/
(Definition of burden from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"burden" in American English

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burdennoun [C]

 us   /ˈbɜr·dən/
a duty or ​responsibility that is hard to ​bear: I don’t ​want to be a burden on my ​children.

burdenverb [T]

 /ˈbɜrd·ən/
to give someone ​problems, ​trouble, or ​responsibilities: He was burdened with ​debts.
(Definition of burden from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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burdennoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbɜːdən/
a difficult ​situation or unpleasant ​responsibility that you must ​deal with or worry about: ease/lighten/reduce the burden (on sb) By ​trainingadditionalstaff, ​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 ​payingmoney 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, ​taxpayers will ​assume the burden for ​risingenergycosts.financial/economic burden He ​proposed that the ​stateaccept the ​financial burden. a tax/​mortgage/​loan burden
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burdenverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈbɜːdən/
to make someone ​responsible for something that is very difficult, unpleasant, or ​expensive to ​deal with: be burdened with/by sth Borrowers are already burdened with ​mortgageextras such as ​arrangementfees and ​lifeassurancecover. a ​nation burdened by ​heavyunemployment
(Definition of burden from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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