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 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. [1913 Webster]

Not encumbered with any notable inconvenience. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Incumber — In*cum ber, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Incumbered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Incumbering}.] See {Encumber}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incumber — [in kum′bər] vt. ENCUMBER …   English World dictionary

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  • incumber — archaic variant of encumber …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • incumber — /in kum beuhr/, v.t. encumber. * * * …   Universalium

  • incumber — v. burden, weigh down, hamper, hinder, impede (also encumber) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • incumber — in·cum·ber …   English syllables

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