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English definition of “encumber”

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.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restrictingCausing difficulties for oneself or others
encumbrance
noun [C] uk   /-brəns/ us  
something that encumbers you: When you're walking 30 miles a day, the fewer encumbrances the better.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restrictingThick, dense and heavy
(Definition of encumber from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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