A saddle is a leather seat for horseback riders. If you saddle something, you either put a saddle on it or you burden it with something else. If you buy an expensive saddle for example. you may be saddled (or burdened) with debt.

A saddle makes a horse's rider more comfortable and secure — and if you ever ride a camel, you'll also sit on a saddle. As a verb, to saddle means "to put a saddle on an animal," although it also has the figurative meaning of "to burden." Your excessive spending might saddle you with debt, or your position as the oldest of eight siblings could saddle you with too much responsibility.

Definitions of saddle

n a seat for the rider of a horse or camel

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English cavalry saddle, English saddle
a saddle having a steel cantle and pommel and no horn
a saddle for pack animals to which loads can be attached
a saddle for a woman; rider sits with both feet on the same side of the horse
Western saddle, stock saddle
an ornamented saddle used by cowboys; has a high horn to hold the lariat
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any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit)

n a seat for the rider of a bicycle

bicycle seat
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any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit)

n a piece of leather across the instep of a shoe

Type of:
piece of leather
a separate part consisting of leather

n cut of meat (especially mutton or lamb) consisting of part of the backbone and both loins

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cut, cut of meat
a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass

n posterior part of the back of a domestic fowl

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body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

n a pass or ridge that slopes gently between two peaks (is shaped like a saddle)

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mountain pass, notch, pass
the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks

v put a saddle on

saddle the horses”
offsaddle, unsaddle
remove the saddle from
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cause to be attached

v load or burden; encumber

“he saddled me with that heavy responsibility”
Type of:
burden, burthen, weight, weight down
weight down with a load

v impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to

burden, charge
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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
command solemnly
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command, require
make someone do something

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