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encumber

verb [T] uk   /ɪnˈkʌm.bər/ us    /-bɚ/ formal
to weigh someone or something down, or to make it difficult for someone to do something: Today, thankfully, women tennis players are not encumbered with/by long, heavy skirts and high-necked blouses.
encumbrance
noun [C] uk   /-brəns/ us  
something that encumbers you: When you're walking 30 miles a day, the fewer encumbrances the better.
Translations of “encumber”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使…負擔沈重, 妨礙,阻礙, 拖累…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使…负担沉重, 妨碍,阻碍, 拖累…
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