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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: burden /ˈbɜrd(ə)n/ 
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pluralburdens
  1. 1
    [usually singular] a serious or difficult responsibility that you have to deal with

    Unemployment places a heavy burden on the welfare state.

    burden of:

    Men say they are willing to share the burden of domestic work.

    shoulder/carry the burden (=deal with it):

    When an elderly relative becomes ill, you should not have to shoulder the burden alone.

    burden of responsibility/care:

    An attempt was made to shift the burden of care from hospitals to the local community.

    1. a.
      the responsibility of paying an amount of money, especially when this is considered too much

      These proposals would only increase the tax burden on business.

      burden of:

      a huge burden of debt

  2. 2
    [usually singular] a negative feeling that is difficult to deal with and that you cannot get rid of

    He will always carry a burden of guilt for what happened.

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