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Definition 1: weight to be borne or conveyed - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for burden in the sense of this definition

(burden is a kind of ...) an artifact that is heavy

(... is a kind of burden ) a variant of `burden'

(... is a kind of burden ) a constant load on a structure (e.g. a bridge) due to the weight of the supported structure itself

(... is a kind of burden ) a variable load on a structure (e.g. a bridge) such as moving traffic

(... is a kind of burden ) any load that is difficult to carry

(... is a kind of burden ) an excessive burden

(... is a kind of burden ) an electrical load that exceeds the available electrical power

Definition 2: the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse - [noun denoting cognition]

(burden is a kind of ...) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

"it was not a good idea" "the thought never entered my mind"

Definition 3: an onerous or difficult concern - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where burden or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for burden in the sense of this definition

(burden is a kind of ...) something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

"New York traffic is a constant concern" "it's a major worry"

(... is a kind of burden ) an oppressive encumbrance

(... is a kind of burden ) a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)

(... is a kind of burden ) an uncalled-for burden

"he listened but resented the imposition"

(... is a kind of burden ) something unpleasant or offensive that must be tolerated or endured

"his competitor's success was a bitter pill to take"

Definition 4: the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for burden in the sense of this definition

(burden is a kind of ...) the message that is intended or expressed or signified

"what is the meaning of this sentence" "the significance of a red traffic light" "the signification of Chinese characters" "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"

Definition 5: impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to - [verb of communication]

Samples where burden or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for burden in the sense of this definition

(burden is a kind of ...) make someone do something

(... is a kind of burden ) burden with too much work or responsibility

(... is a kind of burden ) exert a force or cause a strain upon

"This tax bears down on the lower middle class"

(... is a kind of burden ) charge someone with too many tasks

(... is a kind of burden ) command solemnly

Definition 6: weight down with a load - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for burden in the sense of this definition

(burden is a kind of ...) fill or load to capacity

"charge the wagon with hay"

(... is a kind of burden ) load with excessive weight

(... is a kind of burden ) weight with lead

(... is a kind of burden ) load or burden; encumber

"he saddled me with that heavy responsibility"

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