disencumber

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

Definition of disencumber

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to free from encumbrance :  disburden

Examples of disencumber in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of disencumber

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


First Known Use: 1598

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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