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Meaning of ENCUMBER

Pronunciation:  en'kumbur

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  hold back

ENCUMBER is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: constrain, cumber, restrain
 See Also: bound, bridle, clog, confine, curb, limit, restrict, throttle, trammel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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

         Not encumbered with any notable inconvenience.

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.

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