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verb [transitive] formal encumber pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈkʌmbə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleencumbering
past tenseencumbered
past participleencumbered
  1. 1
    if something large, heavy, tight etc encumbers you, it prevents you from moving normally
    be encumbered by/with something: They were encumbered with heavy suitcases and could not run.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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