enslave

verb
en·​slave | \ in-ˈslāv How to pronounce enslave (audio) , en- \
enslaved; enslaving; enslaves

Definition of enslave

transitive verb

: to reduce to or as if to slavery : subjugate

Other Words from enslave

enslavement \ in-​ˈslāv-​mənt How to pronounce enslave (audio) , en-​ \ noun
enslaver noun

Examples of enslave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After paying her dues, she was not only given 50 acres of land and supplies to build a farm business, but also the authority to purchase humans and enslave them. Janet Barber, Scientific American, 9 Nov. 2021 Making landfall in what is now the Bahamas on Oct. 12, 1492, Columbus, an Italian, was the first of a wave of European explorers who decimated Native populations in the Americas in quests for gold and other wealth, including people to enslave. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Oct. 2021 Making landfall in what is now the Bahamas on Oct. 12, 1492, Columbus, an Italian, was the first of a wave of European explorers who decimated Native populations in the Americas in quests for gold and other wealth, including people to enslave. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Oct. 2021 Making landfall in what is now the Bahamas on Oct. 12, 1492, Columbus, an Italian, was the first of a wave of European explorers who decimated Native populations in the Americas in quests for gold and other wealth, including people to enslave. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Making landfall in what is now the Bahamas on Oct. 12, 1492, Columbus, an Italian, was the first of a wave of European explorers who decimated Native populations in the Americas in quests for gold and other wealth, including people to enslave. Zeke Miller, Ellen Knickmeyer, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Oct. 2021 The modern concept of race has been used too long to enslave and exploit. John Blake, CNN, 4 Sep. 2021 In fact, nobody is trying to bully, oppress or enslave China. Bret Stephens New York Times, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 Going into this show, one of the big problems, or questions, was the Loki of 2012, who hadn’t yet reconciled with his adoptive family but did want to destroy or enslave humankind and take over Midgard. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of enslave

1628, in the meaning defined above

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21 Nov 2021

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“Enslave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enslave. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for enslave

enslave

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enslave

: to make (someone) a slave

enslave

verb
en·​slave | \ in-ˈslāv How to pronounce enslave (audio) \
enslaved; enslaving

Kids Definition of enslave

: to make a slave of

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