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Definition of burden
1a load, especially a heavy one. a duty or misfortune that causes hardship, anxiety, or grief; a nuisance:the burden of mental illness the main responsibility for achieving a specified aim or task:the burden of establishing that the cost was unreasonable a ship’s carrying capacity; tonnage:the schooner Wyoming, of about 6,000 tons burden 2
) the main theme or gist of a speech, book, or argument:the burden of his views
the refrain or chorus of a song.
verb [with object]
load heavily:she walked forward burdened with a wooden box cause (someone) hardship or distress:they were not yet burdened with adult responsibility