Definition of unburden in English:

unburden

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Relieve (someone) of a burden.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘It literally releases them like spores and bursts as it gets 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.’
    • ‘But it has been so bad for so many years that I was glad to be unburdened.’
    • ‘Times Mirror was relieved to unburden itself of the paper; it had never found a way to make the Times Herald work.’
    • ‘It exonerates, redeems, and purifies him; it unburdens him of his wrongs, liberates him, and promises him salvation.’
    • ‘The pressure mounts for her to unburden her sister and to go back to the security of her abusive ex-spouse.’
    1. 1.1 Relieve (someone) of something that is causing anxiety or distress.
      ‘the need to unburden yourself to someone who will listen’
      • ‘He clearly wanted to unburden himself about the way Labour governs the country and Parliament's ‘shameful’ inability to control the executive.’
      • ‘I doubt if he will be the one you unburden your soul to.’
      • ‘Weren't they ever gripped by the overwhelming urge to unburden themselves, to a taxi driver, say, or a nice barman?’
      • ‘In the end, she persuades the beast to unburden himself of the guilt which afflicts him by handing over his wealth to her.’
      • ‘If Nick had anything else to tell him, he could unburden himself at the launch party.’
      • ‘Therefore, a certain naiveté, unburdened by conventional wisdom, can sometimes be a positive asset.’
      • ‘Talking to a Spanish reporter, he chose to unburden himself of almost a year of frustration.’
      • ‘But Dr Kelly did not share his concerns with colleagues, and we do not yet know how much he unburdened himself to his family.’
      • ‘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 knew it was a miserable way to go, without having accomplished anything or unburdened himself.’
      • ‘Many unburdened themselves in juvenile memoirs or drawings which have been shamefully neglected until recently.’
      • ‘I suggested that he should unburden his mind and clear his conscience… by telling me the full story.’
      • ‘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 wanted to unburden himself and he wanted her opinion on the matters that had been troubling him.’
      • ‘I just felt the need to unburden myself, that's all.’
      • ‘Why not unburden yourself in Confession and let his grace flow in your life?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is noteworthy she says that he unburdened himself to anyone who would listen.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      open one's heart, confess, tell all, tell one's all, unbosom oneself
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Pronunciation

unburden

/ˌənˈbərdn//ˌənˈbərdn/