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encumber (verb) hinder free movement or action, be burdensome and obstructive.
The heavy bag a boy carries encumbers his movement. That is, he cannot move freely when he carries such a heavy bag. The large crowd at the site of a fire encumbers the fire fighters, that is, the fire fighters are obstructed from carrying on their work because of the large crowd coming in their way. When you carry too many heavy and unwieldy things, your movement is hindered so you are encumbered.
- The project of constructing the dam was encumbered with too many controversies on issues ranging from ecological disasters to the corruption in allotting the contracts.
- Johnson though encumbered with many debts has worked out a fine plan to come out of the debt trap, and now his business Is on the way of profits.