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cum·ber

 (kŭm′bər)
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.
n.
A hindrance; an encumbrance.

[Middle English combren, to annoy, from Old French combrer, from combre, hindrance, from Vulgar Latin *comboros, of Celtic origin.]

cum′ber·er n.

cumber

(ˈkʌmbə)
vb (tr)
1. to obstruct or hinder
2. obsolete to inconvenience
n
a hindrance or burden
[C13: probably from Old French combrer to impede, prevent, from combre barrier; see encumber]
ˈcumberer n

cum•ber

(ˈkʌm bər)

v.t.
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]
cum′ber•er, n.
cum′ber•ment, n.

cumber


Past participle: cumbered
Gerund: cumbering

Imperative
cumber
cumber
Present
I cumber
you cumber
he/she/it cumbers
we cumber
you cumber
they cumber
Preterite
I cumbered
you cumbered
he/she/it cumbered
we cumbered
you cumbered
they cumbered
Present Continuous
I am cumbering
you are cumbering
he/she/it is cumbering
we are cumbering
you are cumbering
they are cumbering
Present Perfect
I have cumbered
you have cumbered
he/she/it has cumbered
we have cumbered
you have cumbered
they have cumbered
Past Continuous
I was cumbering
you were cumbering
he/she/it was cumbering
we were cumbering
you were cumbering
they were cumbering
Past Perfect
I had cumbered
you had cumbered
he/she/it had cumbered
we had cumbered
you had cumbered
they had cumbered
Future
I will cumber
you will cumber
he/she/it will cumber
we will cumber
you will cumber
they will cumber
Future Perfect
I will have cumbered
you will have cumbered
he/she/it will have cumbered
we will have cumbered
you will have cumbered
they will have cumbered
Future Continuous
I will be cumbering
you will be cumbering
he/she/it will be cumbering
we will be cumbering
you will be cumbering
they will be cumbering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cumbering
you have been cumbering
he/she/it has been cumbering
we have been cumbering
you have been cumbering
they have been cumbering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cumbering
you will have been cumbering
he/she/it will have been cumbering
we will have been cumbering
you will have been cumbering
they will have been cumbering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cumbering
you had been cumbering
he/she/it had been cumbering
we had been cumbering
you had been cumbering
they had been cumbering
Conditional
I would cumber
you would cumber
he/she/it would cumber
we would cumber
you would cumber
they would cumber
Past Conditional
I would have cumbered
you would have cumbered
he/she/it would have cumbered
we would have cumbered
you would have cumbered
they would have cumbered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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"

cumber

verb
To place a burden or heavy load on:
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