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verb [transitive] shoulder pronunciation in British English /ˈʃəʊldə(r)/
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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: Companies can’t keep shouldering the burdens imposed by central 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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