It should not encumber the banking system we need with failed institutions.
I went on, nevertheless, with a good deal of patience, thinking that his encumber'd circumstances were partly the cause.
She can not encumber or dispose of her separate estate without his joinder.
For be had resolved to go forth into the world and make his fortune, not to encumber his poor mother with his support any longer.
You are taking the pieces of our ship along—we do not want to encumber you.
I didn't wish to encumber—Your chaise is broken down: get into this one.
I thought it better not to encumber the address to working men with details.
At first we should not encumber our pupils with accurate demonstration.
Therefore she must not encumber herself with many belongings.
If you do you will only complicate and spoil your game and encumber your locker with much useless rubbish.
early 14c., "burden, vex, inconvenience," from Old French encombrer "to block up, hinder, thwart," from Late Latin incombrare, from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + combrus "barricade, obstacle," probably from Latin cumulus "heap." Meaning "hinder, hamper" is attested in English from late 14c. Related: Encumbered; encumbering.