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