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A misfortune or affliction that causes worry, hardship, or distress
“He struggled to cope with the guilt that had become a lifelong burden on his conscience.”
A duty or responsibility, especially one that requires some effort or trouble to carry out
“The burden of being a role model was one he embraced with great spirit.”
That which hinders progress or one's ability to proceed
“These constant emails are becoming a burden on my ability to get on with some actual work.”
A (typically heavy) load
“The trees were laden with a burden of snow during the cold winter days.”
The main theme or gist of a speech, book, or argument
“The burden of his speech was to the effect that Maslova had hypnotized him.”
(rare) A part of a song or hymn that is repeated every so often
“No human eye beheld the the smile that wreathed her lips while they breathed the oft-repeated burden of the hymn.”
To load, or be loaded, heavily with
“Ford carried the saddle on his own back rather than burden the horse with it.”
To make sad
“I feel terrible having to burden you with more bad news.”
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