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encumber (someone or something) with (something)

To burden or overwhelm someone or something with something. I suspect that your employees haven't come up with a solution yet because you've encumbered them with so many restrictions. Try not to encumber the system with too many operations at once.
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encumber someone or something with someone or something

to burden someone or something with someone or something. Please do not try to encumber me with your debts. She encumbered the marriage with a number of children from a previous marriage. She encumbered herself with the weight of both children and her purse.
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References in classic literature ?
Again, not a very difficult condition with which to encumber such a rise in fortune; but if you have any objection to it, this is the time to mention it.
Down went Rocinante, and over went his master, rolling along the ground for some distance; and when he tried to rise he was unable, so encumbered was he with lance, buckler, spurs, helmet, and the weight of his old armour; and all the while he was struggling to get up he kept saying, "Fly not, cowards and caitiffs!
They brought suit in Sawyer County Circuit Court, claiming that a restrictive covenant that encumbers all lots in the subdivision of which Neuschwanders' property is a part, precludes short-term rentals of property.<br />The Sawyer County Circuit Court held in favor of the Neighbors and enjoined Neuschwanders from further short-term rentals, except for the Birkebeiner weekend.
Anything that encumbers that has two effects: it adds cost, and it also has a detrimental effect on freshness - even a few hours of delay can make a material impact."
Moreover, Al-Zayani said that the deal encumbers all efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in Yemen and to restore peace and stability in the country.
Finally, when TE property subject to a Federal tax lien is transferred without any provision for the lien's discharge, the lien thereafter encumbers a one-half interest in the property held by the transferee.
Section 357(c) does not, however, adequately address situations where a single liability encumbers more than one property or where more than one corporation receives property encumbered by the same debt.