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o·ver·bur·den

 (ō′vər-bûr′dn)
tr.v. o·ver·bur·dened, o·ver·bur·den·ing, o·ver·bur·dens
1. To burden with too much weight; overload.
2. To subject to an excessive burden or strain; overtax.
n. (ō′vər-bûr′dn)
1. An excessive burden; an overload.
2. Geology
a. Material overlying a useful mineral deposit.
b. Sedimentary rock covering older crystalline layers.
3. Archaeology A sterile stratum overlying a stratum bearing traces of the culture being studied.

overburden

vb
(tr) to load with excessive weight, work, etc
n
1. an excessive burden or load
2. (Geological Science) geology the sedimentary rock material that covers coal seams, mineral veins, etc
ˌoverˈburdensome adj

o•ver•bur•den

(v. ˌoʊ vərˈbɜr dn; n. ˈoʊ vərˌbɜr dn)
v.t.
1. to load with too great a burden.
n.
2. an excessive burden.
3. waste earth covering a mineral deposit.
[1570–80]

overburden


Past participle: overburdened
Gerund: overburdening

Imperative
overburden
overburden
Present
I overburden
you overburden
he/she/it overburdens
we overburden
you overburden
they overburden
Preterite
I overburdened
you overburdened
he/she/it overburdened
we overburdened
you overburdened
they overburdened
Present Continuous
I am overburdening
you are overburdening
he/she/it is overburdening
we are overburdening
you are overburdening
they are overburdening
Present Perfect
I have overburdened
you have overburdened
he/she/it has overburdened
we have overburdened
you have overburdened
they have overburdened
Past Continuous
I was overburdening
you were overburdening
he/she/it was overburdening
we were overburdening
you were overburdening
they were overburdening
Past Perfect
I had overburdened
you had overburdened
he/she/it had overburdened
we had overburdened
you had overburdened
they had overburdened
Future
I will overburden
you will overburden
he/she/it will overburden
we will overburden
you will overburden
they will overburden
Future Perfect
I will have overburdened
you will have overburdened
he/she/it will have overburdened
we will have overburdened
you will have overburdened
they will have overburdened
Future Continuous
I will be overburdening
you will be overburdening
he/she/it will be overburdening
we will be overburdening
you will be overburdening
they will be overburdening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been overburdening
you have been overburdening
he/she/it has been overburdening
we have been overburdening
you have been overburdening
they have been overburdening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been overburdening
you will have been overburdening
he/she/it will have been overburdening
we will have been overburdening
you will have been overburdening
they will have been overburdening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been overburdening
you had been overburdening
he/she/it had been overburdening
we had been overburdening
you had been overburdening
they had been overburdening
Conditional
I would overburden
you would overburden
he/she/it would overburden
we would overburden
you would overburden
they would overburden
Past Conditional
I would have overburdened
you would have overburdened
he/she/it would have overburdened
we would have overburdened
you would have overburdened
they would have overburdened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.overburden - the surface soil that must be moved away to get at coal seams and mineral deposits
land, soil, ground - material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use); "the land had never been plowed"; "good agricultural soil"
2.overburden - an excessive burden
load, loading, burden - weight to be borne or conveyed
Verb1.overburden - burden with too much work or responsibility
burden, saddle, charge - impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
2.overburden - load with excessive weight
burden, burthen, weight, weight down - weight down with a load
Translations

overburden

[ˌəʊvəˈbɜːdn] VTsobrecargar (fig) → agobiar, abrumar
overburdened with worriesabrumado or agobiado por las preocupaciones

overburden

[ˌəʊvəˈbɜːdn] vtsovraccaricare

overburden

v. agobiar, sobrecargar.
References in classic literature ?
Every shilling with which they overburden the inferior number, is a shilling saved to their own pockets.
This caution is necessary, to prevent the country from being overburdened with numbers.
.both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of Mankind's final war.
The water- way, so fair above and wide below, flows oppressed by bricks and mortar and stone, by blackened timber and grimed glass and rusty iron, covered with black barges, whipped up by paddles and screws, overburdened with craft, overhung with chains, overshadowed by walls making a steep gorge for its bed, filled with a haze of smoke and dust.
He told them that steps would be taken immediately to free his serfs- and that till then they were not to be overburdened with labor, women while nursing their babies were not to be sent to work, assistance was to be given to the serfs, punishments were to be admonitory and not corporal, and hospitals, asylums, and schools were to be established on all the estates.
"The Reds will think just as I thought -- that you, being like nine out of ten of us, not overburdened with worldly wealth, had taken this way of earning an honest penny to help yourself through the year.
He possessed a good figure, a pleasing face, not overburdened with depth of thought or feeling; and his dress was that of the conventional man of fashion.
And the melancholy brook would add this other tale to the mystery with which its little heart was already overburdened, and whereof it still kept up a murmuring babble, with not a whit more cheerfulness of tone than for ages heretofore.
If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.
The bed creaked beneath his weight, and with the exception of a few broken sounds, emerging, or, one might say, exploding, from his overburdened chest, absolute silence soon reigned in the chamber of Morpheus.
Oh, Father Time, lift with your kindly hands those bitter memories from off our overburdened hearts, for griefs are ever coming to us with the coming hours, and our little strength is only as the day.
So great were the number of slaves who waited upon the inhabitants of Phutra that none of us was apt to be overburdened with work, nor were our masters unkind to us.