Definitions for: Encumber


[v] hold back



Webster (1913) Definition: En*cum"ber, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Encumbered; p. pr.
& vb. n. Encumbering.] [F. encombrer; pref. en- (L. in) +
OF. combrer to hinder. See Cumber, and cf. Incumber.]
[Written also incumber.]
1. To impede the motion or action of, as with a burden; to
retard with something superfluous; to weigh down; to
obstruct or embarrass; as, his movements were encumbered
by his mantle; his mind is encumbered with useless
learning.

Not encumbered with any notable inconvenience.
--Hooker.

2. To load with debts, or other legal claims; as, to encumber
an estate with mortgages.

Syn: To load; clog; oppress; overload; embarrass; perplex;
hinder; retard; obstruct; check; block.

Synonyms: constrain, cumber, restrain

See Also: bound, bridle, clog, confine, curb, limit, restrict, throttle, trammel

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