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tr.v. cum·bered, cum·ber·ing, cum·bers
1. To weigh down; burden: was cumbered with many duties.
2. To hamper or hinder, as by being in the way: was cumbered with a long poncho.
3. To litter; clutter up: Weeds cumbered the garden paths.
4. Archaic To bother; distress.
A hindrance; an encumbrance.
[Middle English combren, to annoy, from Old French combrer, from combre, hindrance, from Vulgar Latin *comboros, of Celtic origin.]
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1. to obstruct or hinder
2. obsolete to inconvenience
a hindrance or burden
[C13: probably from Old French combrer to impede, prevent, from combre barrier; see encumber]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to hinder; hamper.
2. to overload; burden.
3. to inconvenience; trouble.n.
4. a hindrance.
5. something that cumbers.
6. Archaic. embarrassment; trouble.
[1250–1300; Middle English cumbre (n.), cumbren (v.), aph. variant of acumbren to harass, defeat; see encumber]
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Past participle: cumbered
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|Verb||1.||cumber - hold back|
confine, limit, throttle, trammel, restrain, restrict, bound - place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
bridle - put a bridle on; "bridle horses"
curb - keep to the curb; "curb your dogs"
clog - impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden; "horses were clogged until they were tamed"
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