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[dis-en-kuhm-ber] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈkʌm bər/
verb (used with object)
to free from a burden or other encumbrance; disburden.
Origin of disencumber
1590-1600; < Middle French desencombrer, equivalent to des- dis-1 + encombrer to encumber
disentangle, disembarrass, unburden. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I have done so to disencumber myself of the weight of an injustice.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • The remainder of my chains I could disencumber myself of at pleasure.

  • So I could disencumber myself of most of my fetters, and sleep in ease.

  • Yet he cannot disencumber himself of his lifelong methods of composition.

  • Ere he could disencumber it I pressed forward upon the landing.

    The Bright Face of Danger Robert Neilson Stephens
  • At the shout of "Godstone" he threw the paper down, and made haste to disencumber himself of the bag.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • And you have travelled throughout Europe for upwards of three years to disencumber yourself of 16,000 a year?

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • But before Daly could disencumber himself of his weapons and costume, Helen entered the hall.

  • He hastened to disencumber a chair of Matthew Henry's Commentary, and begged his visitor to be seated.

  • The doctrines of Paul are not so much theological baggage, of which the Church would do well straightway to disencumber itself.

    The Teaching of Jesus George Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for disencumber


(transitive) to free from encumbrances
Derived Forms
disencumberment, noun
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