Do you think the verbs to saddle with and to stuggle overlap in terms of usage even though their definitions are slightly different.Can I replace with each other in the following examples?

to saddle with definition:

Burden (someone) with an onerous responsibility or task

He’s saddled with debts of $12 million


to struggle definition:

Strive to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty or resistance (1.2)

Have difficulty handling or coping with (1.3)

Many families on income support have to struggle to make ends meet

In light of this, it was a shame to learn that the resort is struggling with financial difficulties.


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The verbs have a different meaning with respect to the subject.

I saddle him with ...

The action of putting a burden is undertaken by me towards him here (active voice). And as a consequence, he is saddled with something (past participle, passive voice).

I struggle with ...

The action/process of overcoming the difficulty is mine here, and the object of the verb is something that presents me with the difficulty, and causes me to struggle (active voice only).

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