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Word of the Week – Encumber

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Encumber

DEFINITION:

Etymology (where does the word come from?)

from Old French encombrer ‘block up’, from en ‘in’ + combre ‘river barrage’.

To restrict or impede (someone or something) in such a way that free action or movement is difficult.

 

EXAMPLES (synonyms):

Hamper

Hinder

Obstruct

Impede

Stall

 

CHARACTERISTICS (examples):

She was encumbered by the weight of the package.

 

NON-EXAMPLE (antonyms):

Aid

Assist

Boost

Encourage

Facilitate