unburden VERB 1) relieve of a burden. 2) (unburden oneself) be relieved of a cause of anxiety or distress through confiding in someone.

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  • Unburden — Un*bur den, v. t. [1st pref. un + burden.] 1. To relieve from a burden. [1913 Webster] 2. To throw off, as a burden; to unload. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unburden — index alleviate, disencumber, ease, free, mitigate, release, relieve (free from burden) Burton s Legal …   Law dictionary

  • unburden — (v.) 1530s, to unload (transitive), from UN (Cf. un ) (2) reverse of + BURDEN (Cf. burden) (v.). Cf. Ger. entbürden. Reflective sense is recorded from 1580s. Related: Unburdened; unburdening …   Etymology dictionary

  • unburden — *rid, clear, disabuse, purge Analogous words: disencumber, unload, discharge (see base words at BURDEN vb): *free, release, liberate Antonyms: burden Contrasted words: encumber, load, lade, weight, tax, saddle (see BURDEN) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • unburden — [adj] get rid of clear, confess, confide, disburden, discharge, disclose, disencumber, dispose of, divulge, dump, ease, empty, get off one’s chest*, lay bare*, let hair down*, lighten, lose, out with it*, own, relieve, relinquish, reveal, shake,… …   New thesaurus

  • unburden — [unbʉrd′ n] vt. 1. to free from a burden 2. to relieve (oneself or one s soul, mind, etc.) by revealing or disclosing (something hard to bear, as guilt) …   English World dictionary

  • unburden — v. 1) (B; refl.) he finally unburdened himself to his family 2) (D; refl.) to unburden of (to unburden oneself of a secret) * * * [ʌn bɜːdn] (B;refl.) he finally unburdened himself to his family (D; refl.) to unburden of (to unburden oneself of a …   Combinatory dictionary

  • unburden — [[t]ʌ̱nbɜ͟ː(r)d(ə)n[/t]] unburdens, unburdening, unburdened VERB If you unburden yourself or your problems to someone, you tell them about something which you have been secretly worrying about. [V pron refl] The Centre became a place where many… …   English dictionary

  • unburden — UK [ʌnˈbɜː(r)d(ə)n] / US [ʌnˈbɜrd(ə)n] verb [transitive] Word forms unburden : present tense I/you/we/they unburden he/she/it unburdens present participle unburdening past tense unburdened past participle unburdened unburden yourself …   English dictionary

  • unburden — un|bur|den [ ʌn bɜrdn ] verb transitive unburden yourself to tell someone about your problems so that you feel less worried about them: James needed to unburden himself to someone …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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