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.

Origin of unburden

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

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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
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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