Pronunciation: (en-kum'bur), [key]
1. to impede or hinder; hamper; retard: Red tape encumbers all our attempts at action.
2. to block up or fill with what is obstructive or superfluous: a mind encumbered with trivial and useless information.
3. to burden or weigh down: She was encumbered with a suitcase and several packages.
4. to burden with obligations, debt, etc. Also,incumber.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.