American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To free from or relieve of a burden or trouble: unburden one's mind.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To rid of a load; free from a burden; ease.
- To throw off as being a burden; discharge; hence, to disclose; reveal.
- To relieve, as the mind or heart, by disclosing what lies heavy on it; also, reflexively, to relieve (one's self) in this way: as, he unburdened himself to his confessor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To relieve from a burden.
- v. To throw off, as a burden; to unload.
- v. free or relieve (someone) of a burden
- v. take the burden off; remove the burden from
“He chose to unburden himself in public as well as in private.”
“This was exactly what he worried about—that just seeing her made him want to unburden every secret in his soul.”
“In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet chose to unburden herself about her illicit love to her busybody nurse, who hustled off to tell Romeo like a sixteenth-century gossip.”
“The idea is that citizens should be allowed to unburden themselves of sin and seek forgiveness, usually involving a priest in the Catholic confessional.”
“When you do, a tremendous weight will be lifted from you as you unburden your mind and your soul.”
“And to unburden those who had to carry more than their end of thelog.”
“People told me the story to say be careful in the woods by yourself, but it also seemed they needed to unburden something.”
“People told me the story to say "be careful in the woods by yourself," but it also seemed they needed to unburden something.”
“With healthier citizens," he said, "we unburden society from sickness, and reduce the medical bills that are draining people's savings and causing so much grief.”
“Or you can choose to unburden yourself of the weight of fear "false evidence appearing real" and emerge into the lightness of truth.”
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