Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To impede the motion or action of, as with a burden; to retard with something superfluous; to weigh down; to obstruct or embarrass;
as, his movements were
encumberedby his mantle; his mind is
encumberedwith useless learning.
encumberedwith any notable inconvenience.
Syn. – To load; clog; oppress; overload; embarrass; perplex; hinder; retard; obstruct; check; block.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To load; to clog; to impede motion with a load, burden or any thing inconvenient to the limbs; to render motion or operation difficult or laborious.
2.To embarrass; to perplex; to obstruct.
3.To load with debts; as, an estate is encumbered with mortgages, or with a widow's dower.
encumber (third-person singular simple present encumbers, present participle encumbering, simple past and past participle encumbered)
- (transitive) to load down something with a burden
- (transitive) to restrict or block something with a hindrance or impediment
- 1906 – 1921, John Galsworthy, “Encounter”, in The Forsyte Saga, volume 1:
- He [Timothy Forsyte] had never committed the imprudence of marrying or encumbering himself in any way with children.
- (transitive) to add a legal claim or other obligation
- See also Wikisaurus:hinder
to load down
to add a legal claim