Definition of encumber verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    encumber

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ɪnˈkʌmbər//
     
    [usually passive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they encumber
     
    he / she / it encumbers
     
    past simple encumbered
     
    -ing form encumbering
     
     
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  1. 1encumber somebody/something (with something) to make it difficult for someone to do something or for something to happen The police operation was encumbered by crowds of reporters. The business is encumbered with debt.
  2. 2 encumber somebody/something (with something) to be large and/or heavy and make it difficult for someone to move The divers were encumbered by their equipment.
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