dis·​en·​cum·​ber | \ ˌdis-in-ˈkəm-bər How to pronounce disencumber (audio) \
disencumbered; disencumbering; disencumbers

Definition of disencumber

transitive verb

: to free from encumbrance : disburden

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Synonyms & Antonyms for disencumber


disburden, discharge, off-load, unburden, unlade, unload, unpack


load, pack

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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

Examples of disencumber in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of disencumber

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disencumber

Middle French desencombrer, from des- dis- + encombrer to encumber

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The first known use of disencumber was in 1598

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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