Meaning of “encumber” in the English Dictionary

"encumber" in British English

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encumberverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈkʌm.bər/ us /ɪnˈkʌm.bɚ/ formal
encumbrance
noun [ C ] uk /ɪnˈkʌm.brəns/ us /ɪnˈkʌm.brəns/

something that encumbers you:

When you're walking 30 miles a day, the fewer encumbrances the better.

(Definition of “encumber” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)