What does the word encumber mean?

Usage examples for encumber

  1. I do not, however, think it necessary or advisable to do this, or to encumber the conjugations, as some have done, by introducing the latter pronoun, and the corresponding form of the verb, as singular. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  2. To Willie it was just the Priory, as naturally in his father's garden as if every garden had similar ruins to adorn or encumber it, according as the owner might choose to regard its presence. – Gutta-Percha Willie by George MacDonald
  3. You are saying how foolish it would be for you to encumber yourself with three harum- scarum boys. – The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards by Gerald Breckenridge