Definition of "encumber"
  1. To burden a piece of real estate with a legal claim, lien, or mortgage
How to use "encumber" in a sentence
  1. After failing to pay his debts, his house was encumbered by the bank.
  2. In order to launch her business, she had to encumber her property as collateral.
  3. If you encumber your land, make sure you understand the potential risk involved.

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