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verb [transitive] shoulder pronunciation in American English /ˈʃoʊldər/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyshoulder
he/she/itshoulders
present participleshouldering
past tenseshouldered
past participleshouldered
  1. 1
    to deal with or accept something difficult

    The government cannot ask the public to shoulder the extra cost.

    shoulder a responsibility/burden:

    Corporations cannot continue to shoulder the burdens imposed by the federal government.

  2. 2
    to lift or carry something on your shoulder

    The boy shouldered his basket and started to walk away.

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