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encumber

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verb en·cum·ber \in-ˈkəm-bər\

Simple Definition of encumber

  • : to make (someone or something) hold or carry something heavy

  • : to cause problems or difficulties for (someone or something)

Full Definition of encumber

en·cum·bereden·cum·ber·ingplay \-b(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  weigh down, burden <tourists encumbered by heavy luggage>

  3. 2 :  to impede or hamper the function or activity of :  hinder <negotiations encumbered by a lack of trust>

  4. 3 :  to burden with a legal claim (as a mortgage) <encumber an estate>

Examples of encumber

  1. These rules will only encumber the people we're trying to help.

  2. Lack of funding has encumbered the project.



Origin of encumber

Middle English encombren, from Anglo-French encumbrer, from en- + Middle French combre dam, weir


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with encumber


ENCUMBER Defined for Kids

encumber

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verb en·cum·ber \in-ˈkəm-bər\

Definition of encumber

en·cum·bereden·cum·ber·ing

  1. 1 :  to weigh down :  burden <Their heavy coats encumbered the children.>

  2. 2 :  to cause problems or delays for :  hinder <Bad weather encumbered the building project.>





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