[ US /ɛnˈkəmbɝ/ ]
[ UK /ɛnkˈʌmbɐ/ ]
  1. restrict (someone or something) so as to make free movement difficult
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How To Use encumber In A Sentence

  • They are unencumbered trust funds pursuant to the Load Broker Regulations of the TTA.
  • It was the least encumbered of all the tenures with obsolete and burdensome features, reminiscent of an older day, when land-holding involved public rights and duties as well as private rights of ownership.
  • My hair was matted and wild -- my limbs soiled with salt ooze; while at sea, I had thrown off those of my garments that encumbered me, and the rain drenched the thin summer-clothing I had retained -- my feet were bare, and the stunted reeds and broken shells made them bleed -- the while, I hurried to and fro, now looking earnestly on some distant rock which, islanded in the sands, bore for a moment a deceptive appearance -- now with flashing eyes reproaching the murderous ocean for its unutterable cruelty. III.9
  • an encumbered estate
  • Many of the bidders were put off by the buy-to-let model, with most preferring to buy unencumbered assets. Times, Sunday Times
  • This would leave the new production aircraft unencumbered in reaching the break-even point by any need to recover nonrecurring costs.
  • The whole thing has been a hideous blunder, and the idea of encumbering a force of four thousand men with something like thirty thousand camp followers, and with a train of no less than nineteen thousand bullocks, to say nothing of other draught animals, is the most preposterous thing I ever heard of. At the Point of the Bayonet A Tale of the Mahratta War
  • Red tape encumbered all our attempts at action.
  • It basically is a lawsuit that's filed that encumbers someone's basic right to free speech.
  • The entrepreneurial spirit and social innovation fostered by a market economy has benefited many, and should not be overly encumbered by stifling regulations.
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