shoulder - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
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:

    Companies can’t keep shouldering the burdens imposed by central government.

  2. 2
    to lift or carry something on your shoulder
  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.