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unburden

[uhn-bur-dn] /ʌnˈbɜr dn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to free from a burden.
2.
to relieve (one's mind, conscience, etc.) by revealing or confessing something.
3.
to cast off or get rid of, as a burden or something burdensome; disclose; reveal:
He unburdened the worries that plagued him.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; un-2 + burden1
Synonyms
3. confide.
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British Dictionary definitions for unburden

unburden

/ʌnˈbɜːdən/
verb (transitive)
1.
to remove a load or burden from
2.
to relieve or make free (one's mind, oneself, etc) of a worry, trouble, etc, by revelation or confession
Archaic spelling unburthen (ʌnˈbɜːðən)
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Word Origin and History for unburden
v.

1530s, "to unload" (transitive), from un- (2) "reverse of" + burden (v.). Cf. German entbürden. Reflective sense is recorded from 1580s. Related: Unburdened; unburdening.

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