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[dis-bur-dn] /dɪsˈbɜr dn/
verb (used with object)
to remove a burden from; rid of a burden.
to relieve of anything oppressive or annoying:
Confession disburdened his mind of anxiety.
to get rid of (a burden); discharge.
verb (used without object)
to unload a burden.
Origin of disburden
First recorded in 1525-35; dis-1 + burden1
Related forms
disburdenment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for disburden
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  • Iudge you what it is for any liuing creature, not to disburden nature.

    A New Orchard And Garden William Lawson
  • Her husband was her only confidant, and to him she did disburden herself.

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • She sighed and turned to sleep, leaving Emma to disburden her heart in tears.

  • But he has no desire to disburden himself at the expense of the future reader of his works.

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
  • I mention this to you once for all to disburden my mind, and I do not wish to hear or say more about it.

    Robert Burns Gabriel Setoun
  • She felt worried, and anxious to disburden her soul of its secret.

  • He renewed his inquiries; my heart was full, but how to disburden it I knew not.

    Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown
  • Nay, daughter, thou art troubled; the quick flush—the startled eye—the timid aspect—thou dost need to disburden thy heart!

    Captain Kyd, Vol. II Joseph Holt Ingraham
  • On this occasion he had come to disburden on Mr. Dudley his fears of disease and death.

    Ormond, Volume I (of 3)

    Charles Brockden Brown
  • The subjugated sons have used the new relation to disburden themselves still more of their sense of guilt.

    Totem and Taboo Sigmund Freud
British Dictionary definitions for disburden


to remove a load from (a person or animal)
(transitive) to relieve (oneself, one's mind, etc) of a distressing worry or oppressive thought
Derived Forms
disburdenment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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