- to impede or hinder; hamper; retard: Red tape encumbers all our attempts at action.
- to block up or fill with what is obstructive or superfluous: a mind encumbered with trivial and useless information.
- to burden or weigh down: She was encumbered with a suitcase and several packages.
- to burden with obligations, debt, etc.
Origin of encumber
Related Words for encumberingoverburden, obstruct, load, cramp, clog, weight, tax, hamper, overload, charge, lade, handicap, inconvenience, incommode, embarrass, hog-tie, retard, saddle, trammel, discommode
Examples from the Web for encumbering
Contemporary Examples of encumbering
The Consumer Financial Protection Agency can bog down any other agency by encumbering agency rules or policies.The Ugly Truth About Financial-Regulatory Reform
July 14, 2010
Historical Examples of encumbering
She assisted the strong hands to rip away her encumbering skirts.
All non-combatants and refugees should go to the rear and be discouraged from encumbering us.The Soul of John Brown
He was as impatient to assail his task and beat off the encumbering weight.We Can't Have Everything
I have purposely abstained from encumbering my narrative with legal details.The Dead Alive
I stripped to my shirt, delighted to be freed of the encumbering garments.A Volunteer with Pike
Robert Ames Bennet
- to hinder or impede; make difficult; hamperencumbered with parcels after going shopping at Christmas; his stupidity encumbers his efforts to learn
- to fill with superfluous or useless matter
- to burden with debts, obligations, etc
Word Origin for encumber
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.