Definition of overburden in English:


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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈbəːd(ə)n
[with object]
  • 1Load (someone) with too many things to carry: they were overburdened with luggage
  • 1.1Give (someone) more work or pressure than they can deal with: ministers are overburdened with engagements
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    • Probation officers that I have dealt with are overburdened, overworked and burned out.
    • He said the measures would place further pressure on the already overburdened public hospital system.
    • Analyzing and grading writing can be difficult for teachers who are already overburdened with their various education and non-education assignments.


Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəbəːd(ə)n
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  • 1 [mass noun] Rock or soil overlying a mineral deposit, archaeological site, or other underground feature: the kaolin is mined by removing the overburden and digging a pit
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    • All topsoil and vegetative overburden shall be removed and separately stored along the north eastern boundary of the site to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority.
    • The current planning application provides for the Moira site to be restored by filling with overburden from mineral operations at Albion.
    • Features shared by the Lake Hope structures and many physical diapiric models are local ductile extension and thinning of the overburden overlying anticlinal ridges of the active boundary.
  • 2An excessive burden: an overburden of costs
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    • The economic cost of these factors could be reflected by an overburden of social medical response that could eventually deny health services for the masses, in many nations.
    • The disease has led to a huge orphan crisis, creating an overburden on an already stressed medical system.



Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈbəːd(ə)ns(ə)m/
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  • I don't think it would be overburdensome to the tote companies.

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