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unburden

[uhn-bur-dn]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to free from a burden.
  2. to relieve (one's mind, conscience, etc.) by revealing or confessing something.
  3. to cast off or get rid of, as a burden or something burdensome; disclose; reveal: He unburdened the worries that plagued him.
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Origin of unburden

First recorded in 1530–40; un-2 + burden1

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3. confide.
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Examples from the Web for unburden

Historical Examples

  • She kept silent to give him an opportunity to unburden himself.

    Hunter's Marjory

    Margaret Bruce Clarke

  • I was about to unburden myself completely; the heart trembled.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

  • She, glad to unburden her mind, told him what Céline had said.

  • She had thought it all out carefully, and realized that she must unburden to some one.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston

    Caroline E. Jacobs

  • It was a relief to him to unburden his mind, and Riddell encouraged him to do it.

    The Willoughby Captains

    Talbot Baines Reed


British Dictionary definitions for unburden

unburden

verb (tr)
  1. to remove a load or burden from
  2. to relieve or make free (one's mind, oneself, etc) of a worry, trouble, etc, by revelation or confession
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Archaic spelling: unburthen (ʌnˈbɜːðən)
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Word Origin and History for unburden

v.

1530s, "to unload" (transitive), from un- (2) "reverse of" + burden (v.). Cf. German entbürden. Reflective sense is recorded from 1580s. Related: Unburdened; unburdening.

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