burden


burden
noun
1 responsibility/worry
ADJECTIVE
enormous, great, heavy, huge, onerous, significant, substantial, terrible, tremendous

The need to protect the nation places a heavy burden on the shoulders of state leaders.

The war was a huge burden on the economy.

crippling, crushing, intolerable
undue, unfair
added, additional, extra
increased
administrative, debt, economic, emotional, financial, regulatory, tax
VERB + BURDEN
bear, carry

The manager carries the greatest burden of responsibility.

assume, shoulder, take on

She had to shoulder the burden of childcare.

impose, place, put

His illness placed an intolerable burden on his family.

create
be, become
feel

He was beginning to feel a burden to his family.

increase
ease, lessen, lighten, reduce, relieve
lift, remove, take

The administrative burden must be lifted from local government.

shift

plans to shift the burden of taxation onto larger companies

share

I need to share my burden with someone.

BURDEN + VERB
fall on sb/sth

The economic burden falls mainly on businesses.

PREPOSITION
burden for

a burden for the whole family

burden of

the burden of high taxation

She carried a huge burden of guilt for what she had done.

burden on, burden upon

Reducing taxes would ease the financial burden on families.

burden to

She felt she was a burden to her parents.

PHRASES
the burden of proof (= the responsibility of proving that sth is true) (law)

The burden of proof falls on the prosecution: the accused is presumed innocent until proved guilty.

have a burden on your shoulders

He has the burden of a large family on his shoulders.

the burden of doing sth
lift the burden from sb's shoulders (esp. BrE), take the burden off sb's shoulders
2 heavy load
VERB + BURDEN
carry

The women carried their burdens on their backs.

pick up
lay down, put down
PHRASES
a beast of burden

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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