burden burden  /ˈbɜr dən/


  1. (n) an onerous or difficult concern
  2. (n) weight to be borne or conveyed
  3. (n) the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
  4. (n) the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse
  5. (v) weight down with a load
  6. (v) impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to


  1. Their burden keeps getting heavier.
  2. The government is caught between a crushing debt burden and an enraged electorate.
  3. Passing part of the burden to companies removes some of the demographic pressures but leaves the system open to financial and regulatory risks.


  1. Pryor, others focus on blacks’ concerns

    Saying that as an Arkansan he felt a “special burden” to address civil-rights issues, Sen. Mark Pryor on Friday held a “debriefing conference call” with Arkansas reporters to discuss interviews he and other Democratic senators gave to black journalists the previous day.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  2. In Southampton Town, Complying With Rental Law Carries A Heavy Burden

    Southampton Town Board members struggled this week to find ways to ease the burden of state home safety and maintenance codes on homeowners seeking to comply with the town’s rental permit law.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Southampton Press & The East Hampton Press

  3. New Research Demonstrates People with Narcolepsy Face Significant Health and Economic Burden and High Rates of ...

    WORCESTER, Mass., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Comprehensive results from new research, the Burden of Narcolepsy Disease (BOND) study – the largest of its kind – indicate that the sleep disorder narcolepsy has a significant impact on both the people living with the condition and our healthcare system. ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! News


  1. "The burden is on the president to justify any additional resources for a mission," said Pelosi, D-Calif. "Congress is ready to use its constitutional authority of oversight to question what is the justification for this spending, what are...
    on Jan 7, 2007 By: Nancy Pelosi Source: USA Today

  2. "I am happy to announce that after talking with my children, my family and my closest friends, I have decided to return to professional cycling in order to raise awareness of the global cancer burden," Armstrong said in a statement, while in an...
    on Sep 9, 2008 By: Lance Armstrong Source: AFP

  3. "The alarm bells on our nation's fiscal condition have now become a siren," Senate Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell said. "If anyone has any doubts that this burden on future generations is unsustainable, they're gone."
    on Aug 25, 2009 By: Mitch McConnell Source: Christian Science Monitor

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