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Definition of burden:

  1. A birth.
  2. A club.
  3. A fixed quantity of certain commodities; as, a burden of gad steel, 120 pounds.
  4. That which is borne or carried; a load.
  5. That which is borne with labor or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive.
  6. The capacity of a vessel, or the weight of cargo that she will carry; as, a ship of a hundred tons burden.
  7. The drone of a bagpipe.
  8. The proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace.
  9. The tops or heads of stream- work which lie over the stream of tin.
  10. The verse repeated in a song, or the return of the theme at the end of each stanza; the chorus; refrain. Hence: That which is often repeated or which is dwelt upon; the main topic; as, the burden of a prayer.
  11. To encumber with weight ( literal or figurative); to lay a heavy load upon; to load.
  12. To impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden ( something heavy or objectionable).
  13. To oppress with anything grievous or trying; to overload; as, to burden a nation with taxes.

Synonyms:

pith, shoot down, charge, tear, institutionalise, saddle, encumbrance, nub, pack, commit, magnetic core, point, warhead, over, load, consequence, burthen, institutionalize, bill, imposition, issue, file, effect, heart and soul, hitch, weight down, cross, upshot, result, sum, heavy, need, rouse, nitty-gritty, onus, outcome, package, impression, core, preventative, substance, essence, hinderance, consign, preventive, centre, event, incumbrance, imperative, appoint, lade, accuse, send, force, charge up, responsibility, inconvenience, core group, weight, excite, nucleus, headache, consignment, loading, buck, haul, obligation, kernel, lodge, lode, marrow, center, agitate, commitment, turn on, tax, bear down, gist, level, slant, perfume, interference, blame, duty, impost, strain, cumber, millstone, angle, shoot, meat, heart, inwardness, incubus, must, commove.

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