Encumber

  • 1 encumber — en·cum·ber also in·cum·ber /in kəm bər/ vt bered, ber·ing: to burden with a claim (as a mortgage or lien) encumber ed the land with a mineral lease Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

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  • 2 Encumber — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 encumber — early 14c., burden, vex, inconvenience, from O.Fr. encombrer to block up, hinder, thwart, from L.L. incombrare, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + combrus barricade, obstacle, probably from L. cumulus heap. Meaning hinder, hamper is attested in… …

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  • 4 encumber — *burden, cumber, weigh, weight, load, lade, tax, charge, saddle Analogous words: discommode, incommode, *inconvenience: clog, fetter, *hamper: impede, obstruct, block (see HINDER) …

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  • 5 encumber — [v] bother, burden block, charge, clog, cramp, discommode, embarrass, hamper, handicap, hang up, hinder, hog tie*, hold up, impede, incommode, inconvenience, lade, load, make difficult, obstruct, oppress, overburden, overload, retard, saddle,… …

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  • 6 encumber — ► VERB ▪ be a burden or impediment to. ORIGIN Old French encombrer block up , from combre river barrage …

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  • 7 encumber — [en kum′bər, inkum′bər] vt. [ME encombren < OFr encombrer: see EN 1 & CUMBER] 1. to hold back the motion or action of, as with a burden; hinder; hamper 2. to fill in such a way as to obstruct; block up; obstruct 3. to load or weigh down, as… …

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  • 8 encumber — v. (D; tr.) to encumber with * * * [ɪn kʌmbə] (D; tr.) to encumber with …

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  • 9 encumber — UK [ɪnˈkʌmbə(r)] / US [ɪnˈkʌmbər] verb [transitive] Word forms encumber : present tense I/you/we/they encumber he/she/it encumbers present participle encumbering past tense encumbered past participle encumbered formal 1) if something large, heavy …

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  • 10 encumber — transitive verb ( cumbered; encumbering) Etymology: Middle English encombren, from Anglo French encumbrer, from en + Middle French combre dam, weir Date: 14th century 1. weigh down, burden < tourists encumbered by heavy luggage > 2. to impede or… …

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  • 11 encumber — en|cum|ber [ınˈkʌmbə US ər] v [T usually passive] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: encombrer, from combre something that prevents movement ] formal to make it difficult for you to do something or for something to happen = ↑burden ▪ He died …

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  • 12 encumber — [[t]ɪnkʌ̱mbə(r)[/t]] encumbers, encumbering, encumbered 1) VERB If you are encumbered by something, it prevents you from moving freely or doing what you want. [V n] No soldiers ever marched with less to encumber them... [be V ed with n] It is… …

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  • 13 encumber — encumberingly, adv. /en kum beuhr/, v.t. 1. to impede or hinder; hamper; retard: Red tape encumbers all our attempts at action. 2. to block up or fill with what is obstructive or superfluous: a mind encumbered with trivial and useless information …

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  • 14 encumber — verb a) to load down something with a burden b) to restrict or block something with a hindrance or impediment Ant: disencumber, unload …

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  • 15 encumber — Synonyms and related words: add, adjoin, affix, agglutinate, annex, append, attach, bear hard upon, block, burden, burthen, charge, clog, complicate, conjoin, cramp, cripple, cumber, decorate, discommode, embarrass, enmesh, ensnarl, entangle,… …

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  • 16 encumber — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. burden, hamper, load, clog, oppress; obstruct, hinder, impede, embarrass, retard, check, handicap. See hindrance, difficulty, debt. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. burden, hamper, obstruct, weigh down; see …

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  • 17 encumber — en|cum|ber [ ın kʌmbər ] verb transitive FORMAL 1. ) if something large, heavy, tight, etc. encumbers you, it prevents you from moving normally: be encumbered by/with something: They were encumbered with heavy suitcases and could not run. 2. ) to …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 encumber — en·cum·ber || ɪn kÊŒmbÉ™ v. burden, weigh down, hamper, hinder, impede (also incumber) …

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  • 19 encumber — [ɪn kʌmbə, ɛn ] verb impede or burden. Origin ME: from OFr. encombrer block up , from en in + combre river barrage …

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  • 20 encumber — v. a. 1. Load, clog, oppress, impede, hinder, obstruct, overload, burden. 2. Embarrass, perplex, entangle, involve, complicate …

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