American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To put a heavy load on; burden: a hiker who was encumbered with a heavy pack; a life that has always been encumbered with responsibilities.
- v. To hinder or impede the action or performance of: restrictions that encumber police work.
- v. To burden with legal or financial obligations: an estate that is encumbered with debts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To clog or impede with a load, burden, or other hindrance; render difficult or laborious in motion or operation; embarrass; overload; perplex; obstruct.
- Specifically To place (property) under a charge or servitude; load with debt or liability: as, to encumber an estate with mortgages, or with a widow's dower; an encumbered title. See encumbrance, 3. Synonyms To oppress, overload, hinder, entangle, handicap, weigh down.
- n. An encumbrance; a hindrance.
- v. transitive to load down something with a burden
- v. transitive to restrict or block something with a hindrance or impediment
- v. transitive to add a legal claim or other obligation
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To impede the motion or action of, as with a burden; to retard with something superfluous; to weigh down; to obstruct or embarrass
- v. To load with debts, or other legal claims.
- v. hold back
- From Old French encombrer, from en- + combrer ("to hinder"); see cumber. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English encombren, from Old French encombrer, to block up : en-, in; see en-1 + combre, hindrance (from Gaulish *comboros). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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