burden collocations and examples

 UK /ˈbɜː(r)d(ə)n/

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a serious or difficult responsibility


Adjectives frequently used with burden
very great: considerable, enormous, heavy, huge, onerousThese numbers constitute a considerable public health burden.too great: crippling, excessive, intolerable, unbearable, unsustainableIt also places excessive burdens of responsibility on staff.unfair: disproportionate, undue, unfair, unnecessary, unreasonableListing them all on the form could be an unreasonable burden.extra: added, additional, extraHe writes of the need to avoid any additional burden on the taxpayer.
Verbs frequently used with burden
have a burden: bear, carry, face, shoulder, take onWomen are still expected to carry the biggest burden in terms of childcare.

Usage note

You can also say that someone has a burden on their shoulders: I didn’t want to go through life carrying this burden of responsibility on my shoulders.

put a burden on someone: impose, place, putThe University acknowledges the financial burden placed upon students.make a burden less: ease, lessen, lift, lighten, minimize, reduce, relieve, remove, shareIt is hoped that this report will find ways of easing the burden on poorer families.move a burden to someone else: shiftWhen someone is struggling, try to shift the burden of responsibility away from them.make a burden greater: add to, increaseThis has significantly increased the burden of regulation.

Verbs that frequently follow burden
fall on, lie with, rest withThe financial burden has fallen on a small proportion of the membership.
 
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