burden

Getting hired as the assistant to a pastry chef seemed like a dream come true. But one week and 100 cupcakes later, it’s become a hard-to-bear burden accompanied by a permanent stomachache.

Burden is one of those words that doubles as a noun and a verb. Defined as something you carry or withstand with much difficulty when used as a noun, and as the act of weighing down, overloading, or oppressing when used as a verb, it’s a word with a negative charge. Now that you know what it means, you’re equipped to make sure you don’t take on unnecessary burdens (getting pressured into always carrying your neighbor’s groceries upstairs), or become one yourself!

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: burden

1
nv
weight to be borne or conveyed
weight down with a load
2
n
the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: burden
1

n weight to be borne or conveyed

Synonyms:
load, loading
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burthen
a variant of `burden'
dead load
a constant load on a structure (e.g. a bridge) due to the weight of the supported structure itself
live load, superload
a variable load on a structure (e.g. a bridge) such as moving traffic
millstone
any load that is difficult to carry
overburden, overload
an excessive burden
overload
an electrical load that exceeds the available electrical power
Type of:
weight
an artifact that is heavy

n an onerous or difficult concern

“the burden of responsibility”
Synonyms:
encumbrance, incumbrance, load, onus
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dead weight
an oppressive encumbrance
fardel
a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)
imposition
an uncalled-for burden
pill
something unpleasant or offensive that must be tolerated or endured
Type of:
concern, headache, vexation, worry
something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

v weight down with a load

Synonyms:
burthen, weight, weight down
Antonyms:
disburden, unburden
take the burden off; remove the burden from
Types:
overburden
load with excessive weight
plumb
weight with lead
saddle
load or burden; encumber
Type of:
charge
fill or load to capacity

v impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to

Synonyms:
charge, saddle
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overburden
burden with too much work or responsibility
bear down
exert a force or cause a strain upon
deluge, flood out, overwhelm
charge someone with too many tasks
adjure
command solemnly
Type of:
command, require
make someone do something
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n the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

Synonyms:
core, effect, essence, gist
Type of:
import, meaning, significance, signification
the message that is intended or expressed or signified

n the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse

Type of:
idea, thought
the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about
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