Definition of disburden in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Relieve (someone or something) of a burden or responsibility.

    ‘I decided to disburden myself of the task’
    • ‘Information technology, moreover, is insinuating itself into the very structure of our homes to disburden us from having to worry about our lights, our warmth, our safety, our food supplies, and more.’
    • ‘Together we try to create a better every day life and to disburden his father who has child custody.’
    • ‘They are usually taking stock of the problems that face these countries and are trying to disburden themselves of the apologetics and myths that have long been part of our thinking.’
    • ‘In an effort to disburden the Library staff as much as possible during this time, the Executive Director will remain available for consultation, will personally aid visitors who require his assistance, and will maintain the Center's correspondence.’
    • ‘I was able to unite myself with the truth, finally to disburden myself of responsibility for a secret that I had not wanted to keep.’
    • ‘Reuse might disburden engineers from repetitive tasks and therefore improve their motivation.’
    • ‘But at the same time, as these products disburden us of unwanted tasks that consumed much time and effort in earlier eras, many of them also leave us more disengaged from our natural and even human surroundings.’
    • ‘After a fortnight of storytelling in the country, the brigade of friends returns to Florence disburdened of their melancholy.’
    • ‘But central heating has ‘disburdened’ consumers from acknowledging their dependence on others for warmth.’
    • ‘He firmly grips either of the sentry's shoulders, eager to disburden himself, although largely on behalf of his men, of the omen.’
    • ‘The statistical offices have recognised that it is an important task for them to disburden the businesses from unnecessary response duties and time-consuming procedures.’
    • ‘We try to disburden the involved users by automating parts of this task and improving their communication by providing information needed by them.’
    • ‘The private sector should take on more; then the public sector could disburden itself.’
    • ‘When we have new perception, we shall gladly disburden the memory of its hoarded treasures as old rubbish.’
    • ‘Cooperation with new and existing partners in the fields of publications, web work, etc., should disburden the office of tasks that can be shared with others.’
    relieve, free, liberate, unburden, disencumber, discharge, ease, unload
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    1. 1.1archaic Relieve (someone's mind) of worries and anxieties.
      • ‘Disburden your mind of the weight that presses on it.’
      • ‘But it is not only financial considerations that guide her: when for ‘a moment, disburdened, delighted, he held her hand, thanking her for the sacrifice, she already felt rewarded’.’
      • ‘Or am I to listen calmly to you, while you disburden your mind? When a woman parades her candour, one always knows what is coming.’
      • ‘"Only disburden your mind with one word - tell what has thus alarmed you - what danger you apprehend."’
      • ‘He had disburdened his mind of the subject and would say no more.’
      • ‘Having thus disburdened his mind, he instantly withdrew, left the office, and proceeded to Portsmouth to take the command of the expedition.’