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  1. [noun] an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind"
    Synonyms: load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus

  2. [noun] weight to be borne or conveyed
    Synonyms: load, loading

  3. [noun] the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
    Synonyms: effect, essence, core, gist

  4. [noun] the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse

  5. [verb] weight down with a load
    Synonyms: burthen, weight, weight down

  6. [verb] impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
    Synonyms: charge, saddle


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