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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENCUMBER

She can not encumber or dispose of her separate estate without his joinder.

You are taking the pieces of our ship along—we do not want to encumber you.

There are too many of the kind already to encumber our shelves and our catalogues.

Here is an enemy in full retreat, would they encumber themselves with the colonel?

At first we should not encumber our pupils with accurate demonstration.

At any rate, I couldn't come to you to encumber you, to be a drag upon you.

I thought it better not to encumber the address to working men with details.

Therefore she must not encumber herself with many belongings.

We may not encumber St. Paul with the things which he 'destroyed.'

And that he should think it wrong to encumber the property with any charges for you girls.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "burden, vex, inconvenience," from Old French encombrer "to block up, hinder, thwart," from Late Latin incombrare, from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + combrus "barricade, obstacle," probably from Latin cumulus "heap." Meaning "hinder, hamper" is attested in English from late 14c. Related: Encumbered; encumbering.

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