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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
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  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.
  3. 3
    to push someone with your shoulder
    He managed to shoulder his sister out of the way.
    1. a.
      to get somewhere by pushing people with your shoulders
      She had to shoulder her way through the crowd.

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