- 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 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.
NAmE//ɪnˈkʌmbər//[usually passive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they encumber
he / she / it encumbers
past simple encumbered
-ing form encumbering