Meaning of “burden” in the English Dictionary

"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)