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English definition of “burden”

burden

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈbɜːdən/
something difficult or unpleasant that you have to deal with or worry about: the burden of responsibility I'd hate to be a burden to you when I'm older.Inconvenience
burden verb [T] to give someone something difficult or unpleasant to deal with or worry about: Sorry to burden you with my problems.InconvenienceCausing difficulties for oneself or others
(Definition of burden from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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