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disencumber

verb dis·en·cum·ber \ˌdis-ən-ˈkəm-bər\

Definition of DISENCUMBER

transitive verb
:  to free from encumbrance :  disburden

Examples of DISENCUMBER

  1. <we disencumbered our pack animals as soon as we made camp that night>
  2. <a simple statement of the terms of the contract disencumbered of legal jargon>

Origin of DISENCUMBER

Middle French desencombrer, from des- dis- + encombrer to encumber
First Known Use: 1598

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Synonym Discussion of DISENCUMBER

extricate, disentangle, untangle, disencumber, disembarrass mean to free from what binds or holds back. extricate implies the use of care or ingenuity in freeing from a difficult position or situation <extricated himself from financial difficulties>. disentangle and untangle suggest painstaking separation of a thing from other things <disentangling fact from fiction> <untangle a web of deceit>. disencumber implies a release from something that clogs or weighs down <an article disencumbered of jargon>. disembarrass suggests a release from something that impedes or hinders <disembarrassed herself of her advisers>.

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