verb (used with object)
Origin of encumber
Related formsen·cum·ber·ing·ly, adverbun·en·cum·bered, adjective
Examples from the Web for encumbering
The Consumer Financial Protection Agency can bog down any other agency by encumbering agency rules or policies.
And you were encumbering yourself with an unknown leper, at a time like this, just as an act of human kindness?The Unspeakable Perk|Samuel Hopkins Adams
It has debarred the other part of the community from being individual by putting them on the wrong road, and encumbering them.Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man|Oscar Wilde
He should have come; he should have moved the encumbering obstacles out of his way, no matter what their bulk.Claim Number One|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
It is the gigantic and necessary war waged by the insect upon all morbid or encumbering life that might prove an obstacle to life.The Insect|Jules Michelet
Here they could continue their chat in the dark, quite heedless of the heavy fall of snow that was encumbering their windows.