What does burden mean?

Definitions for burden
ˈbɜr dnbur·den

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word burden.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. burden, load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus(noun)

    an onerous or difficult concern

    "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind"

  2. load, loading, burden(noun)

    weight to be borne or conveyed

  3. effect, essence, burden, core, gist(noun)

    the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

  4. burden(verb)

    the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse

  5. burden, burthen, weight, weight down(verb)

    weight down with a load

  6. charge, saddle, burden(verb)

    impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to

    "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"

Wiktionary

  1. burden(Noun)

    A heavy load.

  2. burden(Noun)

    A responsibility, onus.

  3. burden(Noun)

    A cause of worry.

  4. burden(Noun)

    A phrase or theme that recurs at the end of each verse in a folk song or ballad; the drone of a bagpipe.

  5. burden(Noun)

    Theme, core idea.

  6. burden(Verb)

    To encumber with a burden (in any of the noun senses of the word).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burden(noun)

    that which is borne or carried; a load

  2. Burden(noun)

    that which is borne with labor or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive

  3. Burden(noun)

    the capacity of a vessel, or the weight of cargo that she will carry; as, a ship of a hundred tons burden

  4. Burden(noun)

    the tops or heads of stream-work which lie over the stream of tin

  5. Burden(noun)

    the proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace

  6. Burden(noun)

    a fixed quantity of certain commodities; as, a burden of gad steel, 120 pounds

  7. Burden(noun)

    a birth

  8. Burden(verb)

    to encumber with weight (literal or figurative); to lay a heavy load upon; to load

  9. Burden(verb)

    to oppress with anything grievous or trying; to overload; as, to burden a nation with taxes

  10. Burden(verb)

    to impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden (something heavy or objectionable)

  11. Burden(noun)

    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

  12. Burden(noun)

    the drone of a bagpipe

  13. Burden(noun)

    a club

Freebase

  1. Burden

    Burden is a city in Cowley County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 535.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Burden

    bur′dn, n. a load: weight: cargo: that which is grievous, oppressive, or difficult to bear, as blame, sin, sorrow, &c.: birth.—v.t. to load: to oppress: to encumber.—adjs. Bur′denous, Bur′densome, heavy: oppressive.—Burden of proof, in legal procedure, signifies the obligation to establish by evidence certain disputed facts. [A.S. byrthenberan, to bear.]

  2. Burden

    bur′dn, n. part of a song repeated at the end of every stanza, refrain: the leading idea of anything: a load of care, sorrow, or responsibility. [Fr. bourdon, a humming tone in music—Low L. burdo, a drone or non-working bee.]

  3. Burden

    bur′dn, n. (Spens.) a pilgrim's staff. [See Bourdon.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. burden

    Is the quantity of contents or number of tons weight of goods or munitions which a ship will carry, when loaded to a proper sea-trim: and this is ascertained by certain fixed rules of measurement. The precise burden or burthen is about twice the tonnage, but then a vessel would be deemed deeply laden.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'burden' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3693

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'burden' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4603

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'burden' in Nouns Frequency: #1388

How to pronounce burden?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say burden in sign language?

  1. burden

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of burden in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of burden in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of burden in a Sentence

  1. Phillips Brooks:

    The truest help we can render an afflicted man is not to take his burden from him, but to call out his best energy, that he may be able to bear the burden.

  2. Siviwe Gwarube:

    The DA is convinced that instead of being a vehicle to provide quality healthcare for all, this Bill will nationalize healthcare ... and be an additional tax burden to already financially-stretched South Africans.

  3. Joan Goldstein:

    Everything is more expensive when sharing the burden with less people, when you bring on more people, you share the cost burden. A lot of government costs are fixed costs, you need more people to share those costs.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    Bernie Sanders came in with the luxury of being a complete long shot and just letting loose, i think Hillary Clinton came in with the both privilege -- and burden -- of being perceived as the frontrunner... You're always looking at the bright, shiny object that people haven't seen before -- that's a disadvantage to Hillary Clinton.

  5. James Longhurst:

    If the deliberate bypassing of emission control systems is more widespread than just VW diesel sales in the U.S., then it may help explain what has been observed in measurements of air pollution in cities, at this point we don't know the exact size of the problem, but it will, without doubt, have added to the health burden.

Images & Illustrations of burden

  1. burdenburdenburdenburdenburden

Popularity rank by frequency of use

burden#1#6303#10000

Translations for burden

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for burden »

Translation

Find a translation for the burden definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these burden definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "burden." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 2 Mar. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/burden>.

    Are we missing a good definition for burden? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    be similar, be in line with
    • A. conform
    • B. moan
    • C. deny
    • D. aggravate

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for burden:


    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.