belast

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English belasten, bilasten, from Old English behlæstan (to load a ship), equivalent to be- +‎ last. Cognate with Dutch belasten (to charge, load, burden, tax), German belasten (to burden, charge, load, strain).

Verb[edit]

belast (third-person singular simple present belasts, present participle belasting, simple past and past participle belasted)

  1. (transitive) To burden; charge; make bound.
    • 1892, Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, John Dovaston, Sir Thomas Barrett-Lennard (bart.), The manuscripts of Rye and Hereford corporations:
      By theis presidentes let the posterity (for whome I record this) beware they never attempt to build them a pere with rockes only, without a mighty frame of tymber to be seled, and then belasted with rockes; [...]
    • 2009, Georg Schmid, The narrative of the Occident: an essay on its present state:
      [...] designers, etc., etc. were there to stay, no matter that they had been implicated in one way or another, were belasted, as the German language has it.

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

belast

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of belasten
  2. imperative of belasten

Participle[edit]

belast

  1. past participle of belasten

Declension[edit]