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

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Other Words from enslave

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

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The Akwamu participated in the Danish transatlantic slave trade with the stipulation that no Akwamu be enslaved. Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann, Quartz Africa, "A Ghanaian royal family’s conflict of collaboration and resistance in the African slave trade," 13 July 2019 With anchored roots in the Yoruba religion, Yemaya was brought over to the New World by enslaved Africans as early as the 16th century. Amber C. Snider, Teen Vogue, "The History of Yemaya, Santeria's Queenly Ocean Goddess Mermaid," 9 July 2019 There are many, many smaller moons gravitationally enslaved by the big guy of the solar system. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: Jupiter and its many moons put on a show this week," 7 July 2019 Eventually, with the help of the sultan of Morocco and legal maneuvers around a U.S. government treaty that African royalty could not be enslaved, he was freed. cleveland.com, "Cruising the Mississippi River: New ships, insightful port excursions update a nostalgic float," 23 June 2019 And while there may be anecdotal evidence of that here and there, that kind of story about the past gets blown far out of proportion to absolve people of having to really think about the consequences that our ancestors enslaved other humans. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al.com, "Hosts of NPR’s ‘White Lies’ on how ‘white’ Alabama talks about troubling history," 20 June 2019 At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect and declared enslaved people in the Confederacy free—on the condition that the Union won the war. National Geographic, "What is Juneteenth—and what does it celebrate?," 19 June 2019 Apparently, African-Americans are lucky their ancestors were enslaved, lynched, segregated and disenfranchised. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: African-Americans not lucky ancestors were enslaved," 29 June 2019 More than 225,000 European immigrants and enslaved Africans spent time at the medical way station, dubbed the Lazaretto after St. Lazarus of Bethany, the patron saint of lepers, and a similar quarantine station in Venice. Inga Saffron, https://www.inquirer.com, "This building on the Delaware River saved immigrant lives for 95 years. Now it’s been rescued by Tinicum Twp. | Inga Saffron," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of enslave

1628, in the meaning defined above

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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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