- the weight of a ship's cargo.
- the carrying capacity of a ship.
verb (used with object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM burdenbur·den·er, nounbur·den·less, adjective
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Definition for burden (2 of 2)
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Example sentences from the Web for burden
In actions that address climate change, there are actions that can promote equity, actions that can help us forestall pandemics, and that can at some of the biggest disease burdens in the world.Why fighting climate change is key to America’s health|Erika Fry|September 16, 2020|Fortune
That collective burden will drag down regional incomes by roughly 10%, amounting to one of the largest transfers of wealth in American history, as people who live farther north will benefit from that change and see their fortunes rise.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration|by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
Stanley Fischer, former vice chair of the Federal Reserve, said Friday in a Bloomberg Television interview that a low interest-rate burden means the Fed can do more to bolster the economy.America’s $20 trillion debt is getting cheaper as it grows|McKenna Moore|September 12, 2020|Fortune
The benefit we have is we don’t have the burden of traditional media.‘We don’t have the burden of traditional media’: Confessions of an upstart agency holding group MD|Seb Joseph|September 7, 2020|Digiday
Maybe the user will not do that, and the burden shouldn’t be on the individual to make these decisions.Eight case studies on regulating biometric technology show us a path forward|Karen Hao|September 4, 2020|MIT Technology Review
“If Charleston harbor needs improvement, let the commerce of Charleston bear the burden,” he said.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern|Lloyd Green|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“There are indications that decriminalization can reduce the burden on criminal justice systems,” the report said.
Why do so many put the burden of speaking to race issues on Cosby?A Full-Length Bill Cosby Portrait: From Track Star to Ugly Sweaters|Scott Porch|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While women are often better informed about their health, that means they bear the burden of broaching the topic of HPV.
Parents who bring wrongful birth suits seem to face a burden faced by no other plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases.
It's no the burden, but the owerburden, that kills the beast.The Proverbs of Scotland|Alexander Hislop
Well has one of our greatest poets written, "Take up the fat man's burden."Three Elephant Power|Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
Then they went back home to take up the burden that was their share.Hero Tales of the Far North|Jacob A. Riis
Robert guessed it all, and whatever remorseful love could do to soften such a strain and burden he tried to do.Robert Elsmere|Mrs. Humphry Ward
And why consciences grow so heavy, if there's no one to help to bear the burden.The Road to Damascus|August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for burden (1 of 2)
- the cargo capacity of a ship
- the weight of a ship's cargo