Definition of unburden in US English:

unburden

verb

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

    • ‘Times Mirror was relieved to unburden itself of the paper; it had never found a way to make the Times Herald work.’
    • ‘Made in India, this rolling massage tool will unburden the hands of amateur masseurs and masseuses, and can double as a gift for yourself.’
    • ‘It literally releases them like spores and bursts as it gets unburdened.’
    • ‘The pressure mounts for her to unburden her sister and to go back to the security of her abusive ex-spouse.’
    • ‘It exonerates, redeems, and purifies him; it unburdens him of his wrongs, liberates him, and promises him salvation.’
    • ‘Surely we would save a lot of money and resources and unburden an overwhelmed medical industry by expanding our knowledge and understanding instead of resisting.’
    • ‘But it has been so bad for so many years that I was glad to be unburdened.’
    • ‘Other Israelis say the illegal outposts get in the way of a deal that could unburden their country of the costly occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.’
    • ‘It would willingly unburden the clubs of a major share of financial responsibility to England's elite and pay the players itself through central contracting, just as England does with its top cricketers.’
    open one's heart, confess, tell all, tell one's all, unbosom oneself
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    1. 1.1 Relieve (someone) of something that is causing anxiety or distress.
      ‘the need to unburden yourself to someone who will listen’
      • ‘I doubt if he will be the one you unburden your soul to.’
      • ‘In the end, she persuades the beast to unburden himself of the guilt which afflicts him by handing over his wealth to her.’
      • ‘I suggested that he should unburden his mind and clear his conscience… by telling me the full story.’
      • ‘Talking to a Spanish reporter, he chose to unburden himself of almost a year of frustration.’
      • ‘He wanted to unburden himself and he wanted her opinion on the matters that had been troubling him.’
      • ‘Many unburdened themselves in juvenile memoirs or drawings which have been shamefully neglected until recently.’
      • ‘I just felt the need to unburden myself, that's all.’
      • ‘If Nick had anything else to tell him, he could unburden himself at the launch party.’
      • ‘Weren't they ever gripped by the overwhelming urge to unburden themselves, to a taxi driver, say, or a nice barman?’
      • ‘It is noteworthy she says that he unburdened himself to anyone who would listen.’
      • ‘Therefore, a certain naiveté, unburdened by conventional wisdom, can sometimes be a positive asset.’
      • ‘Why not unburden yourself in Confession and let his grace flow in your life?’
      • ‘To be fair, yesterday was all the shades of blue with a gentle breeze and three new species of fish plus a turtle to see, so today is the day to unburden myself.’
      • ‘Other alcoholics in golf, including John Daly, Barclay Howard and Brian Barnes, have found it therapeutic to unburden themselves in public, but the healing process may be at too early a stage for Stirling.’
      • ‘He clearly wanted to unburden himself about the way Labour governs the country and Parliament's ‘shameful’ inability to control the executive.’
      • ‘But Dr Kelly did not share his concerns with colleagues, and we do not yet know how much he unburdened himself to his family.’
      • ‘Providing a safe and healing environment in which they can unburden themselves of at least some of this load is a healing in and of itself.’
      • ‘‘I have told you something in a moment of irresistible desire to unburden my soul which all but a fool would have kept silent as the grave,’ [Mrs Charmond] said.’
      • ‘People have probably used language to get things off their chest for thousands of years, but venting is more than just unburdening yourself of a troublesome thought.’
      • ‘He knew it was a miserable way to go, without having accomplished anything or unburdened himself.’
      open one's heart, confess, tell all, tell one's all, unbosom oneself
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Pronunciation

unburden

/ˌənˈbərdn//ˌənˈbərdn/