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To burden property by way of a charge that must be removed before ownership is free and clear.
Property subject to an encumbrance may have a lien or mortgage imposed upon it.
encumber(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
encumber(Hinder), verb block, block up, burden, charge, cramp, cumber, disadvantage, discommode, entrammel, frustrate, hamper, hinder movement, hold back action, hold up, impede, impose, incommode, 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
See also: bind, block, check, contain, delay, detain, disadvantage, embarrass, enforce, estop, hamper, hinder, hold up, impede, impose, inconvenience, interfere, obligate, obstruct, overcome, overload, overwhelm, perplex, preclude, restrain, restrict, tax, trammel, weigh