[ bur-dnd ]
/ ˈbɜr dnd /

adjective Navigation.

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

Origin of burdened

Definition for burdened (2 of 2)

[ 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


bur·den·er, nounbur·den·less, adjective

synonym study for burden

1. See load.
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British Dictionary definitions for burdened (1 of 2)

/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for burdened (2 of 2)

/ (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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