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"burden" in British English

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burdennoun [C]

uk   /ˈbɜː.dən/ us   /ˈbɝː.dən/
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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burdenverb [T]

uk   /ˈbɜː.dən/ us   /ˈbɝː.dən/
(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)

"burden" in Business English

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burdennoun [C]

uk   /ˈbɜːdən/ us  
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
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burdenverb [T]

uk   /ˈbɜːdən/ us  
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 mortgage extras such as arrangement fees and life assurance cover. a nation burdened by heavy unemployment
(Definition of burden from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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