en·cum·ber also in·cum·ber /in-'kəm-bər/ vt -bered, -ber·ing: to burden with a claim (as a mortgage or lien)
encumber ed the land with a mineral lease

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (financially obligate) verb assess, burden, charge, hold liable, impedire, impose a charge, impose a lien, make accountable for, make responsible for, mortgage, obligate, onerare, place a cloud on, praegravare, subject to a charge, subject to a liability associated concepts: mortgage II (hinder) verb block, block up, burden, charge, cramp, cumber, disadvantage, discommode, entangle, entrammel, frustrate, hamper, hinder movement, hold back action, hold up, impede, impose, incommode, inconvenience, inflict, inhibit, interfere, interrupt, keep back, lade, limit, obstruct action, render difficult, retard, saddle, shackle, slow down, strain, tax, thwart, tie up, trammel, trouble, weaken, weigh down III index bind (obligate), bind (restrain), block, check (restrain), contain (restrain), detain (restrain), disadvantage, embarrass, estop, hamper, hinder, hold up (delay), impede, impose (enforce), inconvenience, interfere, obstruct, overcome (overwhelm), overload, perplex, preclude, restrict, tax (overwork), trammel, weigh

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To burden; to place a debt or mortgage on a property.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To place a lien, mortgage, or other encumbrance on real estate.
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt → Bankruptcy
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt → Foreclosure
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Homeowners

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

To burden property by way of a charge that must be removed before ownership is free and clear.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

To burden property by way of a charge that must be removed before ownership is free and clear.

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  • Encumber — En*cum ber, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Encumbered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Encumbering}.] [F. encombrer; pref. en (L. in) + OF. combrer to hinder. See {Cumber}, and cf. {Incumber}.] [Written also {incumber}.] 1. To impede the motion or action of, as with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • encumber — early 14c., burden, vex, inconvenience, from O.Fr. encombrer to block up, hinder, thwart, from L.L. incombrare, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + combrus barricade, obstacle, probably from L. cumulus heap. Meaning hinder, hamper is attested in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • encumber — *burden, cumber, weigh, weight, load, lade, tax, charge, saddle Analogous words: discommode, incommode, *inconvenience: clog, fetter, *hamper: impede, obstruct, block (see HINDER) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • encumber — [v] bother, burden block, charge, clog, cramp, discommode, embarrass, hamper, handicap, hang up, hinder, hog tie*, hold up, impede, incommode, inconvenience, lade, load, make difficult, obstruct, oppress, overburden, overload, retard, saddle,… …   New thesaurus

  • encumber — ► VERB ▪ be a burden or impediment to. ORIGIN Old French encombrer block up , from combre river barrage …   English terms dictionary

  • encumber — [en kum′bər, inkum′bər] vt. [ME encombren < OFr encombrer: see EN 1 & CUMBER] 1. to hold back the motion or action of, as with a burden; hinder; hamper 2. to fill in such a way as to obstruct; block up; obstruct 3. to load or weigh down, as… …   English World dictionary

  • encumber — v. (D; tr.) to encumber with * * * [ɪn kʌmbə] (D; tr.) to encumber with …   Combinatory dictionary

  • encumber — UK [ɪnˈkʌmbə(r)] / US [ɪnˈkʌmbər] verb [transitive] Word forms encumber : present tense I/you/we/they encumber he/she/it encumbers present participle encumbering past tense encumbered past participle encumbered formal 1) if something large, heavy …   English dictionary

  • encumber — transitive verb ( cumbered; encumbering) Etymology: Middle English encombren, from Anglo French encumbrer, from en + Middle French combre dam, weir Date: 14th century 1. weigh down, burden < tourists encumbered by heavy luggage > 2. to impede or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • encumber — en|cum|ber [ınˈkʌmbə US ər] v [T usually passive] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: encombrer, from combre something that prevents movement ] formal to make it difficult for you to do something or for something to happen = ↑burden ▪ He died …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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