Something that is laden is weighted down by something heavy, like an apple tree that's laden with fruit.

Laden comes from the Old English word hladan, meaning "to load, heap." Think of the related word ladle, a big scoop you dip into something, such as soup or hot fudge. Laden can be a verb that describes using a ladle or otherwise filling or loading something up, like a teacher who ladens students with homework. Laden can be an adjective that describes the feeling of burden or stress from all that work.

Definitions of laden
  1. adjective
    filled with a great quantity
    “table laden with food”
    synonyms: ladened, loaded
    containing as much or as many as is possible or normal
  2. verb
    remove with or as if with a ladle
    synonyms: lade, ladle
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    ladle clumsily
    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  3. adjective
    burdened psychologically or mentally
    laden with grief”
    synonyms: oppressed
    bearing a heavy burden of work or difficulties or responsibilities
  4. verb
    fill or place a load on
    synonyms: lade, load, load up
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    load down, pack
    load with a pack
    bomb up
    load an aircraft with bombs
    overcharge, overload, surcharge
    place too much a load on
    place a new load on
    load or cover with stacks
    type of:
    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
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