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

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Other Words from enslave

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

Examples of enslave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This time, McCarthy plays Carol Peters, the most average person on Earth as determined by an artificial intelligence (voiced by James Corden) that is pondering whether to save, enslave or destroy humanity. Kathryn Shattuck, New York Times, "Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone on ‘Superintelligence’ and Living Comedy," 24 Nov. 2020 Pig Laws were largely designed to re-enslave African Americans. Bernette Johnson, Harper's Magazine, "Garden-Variety Racism," 24 Nov. 2020 The Confederate flag was created in 1860s to represent the 11 Southern states that fought for the right to enslave Black people. Anne Quito, Quartz, "The last US state flag with a slavery emblem has officially been retired," 4 Nov. 2020 Her warnings were lifted from the same text the network’s opinion hosts read from each evening: elites, control, enslave. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Do You Speak Fox?," 16 Sep. 2020 Alex soon meets an endearing skaterghost/love interest (Booboo Stewart) who nearly traffics Sunset Curve to a sinister spectral magician (Cheyenne Jackson) seeking to enslave them at his supernatural nightclub. Robyn Bahr, Billboard, "'Julie and the Phantoms': TV Review," 10 Sep. 2020 National histories take countries to war, build and destroy empires, enslave and liberate people. Washington Post, "‘Union’ tells the origin story of the United States through 19th-century voices," 26 June 2020 One part of that reckoning has been a push to remove monuments or odes to the Confederacy, the collection of states that seceded and waged war against the Union over the right to enslave Black people. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Baton Rouge activist rips school board member for defending Robert E. Lee," 21 June 2020 Even after Granger’s announcement, many whites in Texas continued to enslave people who had not heard the news. Annette Gordon-reed, The New Yorker, "Growing Up with Juneteenth," 19 June 2020

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First Known Use of enslave

1628, in the meaning defined above

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2 Dec 2020

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“Enslave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enslave. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of enslave

: to make (someone) a slave


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

Kids Definition of enslave

: to make a slave of

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