- to make (someone or something) hold or carry something heavy
- We were encumbered by our heavy coats and boots.
- encumbered [=burdened] by equipment and supplies
- The company is encumbered with debt.
- These rules will only encumber the people we're trying to help.
- Lack of funding has encumbered the project.
- Peace talks have been encumbered by a mutual lack of trust.