[ bur-dnd ]
/ ˈbɜr dnd /

adjective Navigation.

(of a vessel) required to yield to a vessel having the right of way.Compare privileged(def 5).

Nearby words

  1. burchfield, charles,
  2. burckhardt,
  3. burd,
  4. burden,
  5. burden of proof,
  6. burdensome,
  7. burdizzo,
  8. burdock,
  9. burdon,
  10. bureau

Origin of burdened


[ bur-dn ]
/ ˈbɜr dn /


verb (used with object)

to load heavily.
to load oppressively; trouble.

Origin of burden

before 1000; Middle English, variant of burthen, Old English byrthen; akin to German Bürde, Gothic baurthei; see bear1

Related formsbur·den·er, nounbur·den·less, adjective

Synonym study

1. See load.

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British Dictionary definitions for burdened


/ (ˈbɜːdən) /


something that is carried; load
something that is exacting, oppressive, or difficult to bearthe burden of responsibility Related adjective: onerous
  1. the cargo capacity of a ship
  2. the weight of a ship's cargo

verb (tr)

(sometimes foll by up) to put or impose a burden on; load
to weigh down; oppressthe old woman was burdened with cares

Word Origin for burden

Old English byrthen; related to beran to bear 1, Old Frisian berthene burden, Old High German burdin


/ (ˈbɜːdən) /


a line of words recurring at the end of each verse of a ballad or similar song; chorus or refrain
the principal or recurrent theme of a speech, book, etc
another word for bourdon

Word Origin for burden

C16: from Old French bourdon bass horn, droning sound, of imitative origin

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