[ uhn-bur-dn ]
/ ʌnˈbɜr dn /

verb (used with object)

to free from a burden.
to relieve (one's mind, conscience, etc.) by revealing or confessing something.
to cast off or get rid of, as a burden or something burdensome; disclose; reveal: He unburdened the worries that plagued him.

Nearby words

  1. unbudgeable,
  2. unbuild,
  3. unbundle,
  4. unbundled,
  5. unbundling,
  6. unburied,
  7. unbutton,
  8. unbuttoned,
  9. unc,
  10. uncage

Origin of unburden

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

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/ (ʌnˈbɜːdən) /

verb (tr)

to remove a load or burden from
to relieve or make free (one's mind, oneself, etc) of a worry, trouble, etc, by revelation or confession
Archaic spelling: unburthen (ʌnˈbɜːðən)

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Word Origin and History for unburden



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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