enslave

verb
en·​slave | \ in-ˈslāv , 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 , en-​ \ noun
enslaver noun

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Nuclear weapons play into the vampire mastermind’s plot to enslave humanity. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Hollywood Has No Idea How Nukes Work," 2 Apr. 2018 The speech advocated for the poor and marginalized, for those starving and enslaved. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, "‘Those he touched’: Ted Kennedy’s heartbreaking eulogy for his slain brother, Bobby," 8 June 2018 Nadia Murad, the voice for thousands of Yazidis enslaved by ISIS, warned a congressional panel earlier this year that her people could soon disappear because of emigration. Nina Shea, WSJ, "How to Help Iraq’s Religious Minorities," 21 Sep. 2017 The United States has its own history of dehumanizing populations in order to enslave and massacre them. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Why Tyrants Dehumanize the Powerless," 20 June 2018 The exhortation overlooked the fact that back in 1776, African Americans were enslaved. Jenice Armstrong, Philly.com, "Um, let's not party like it was 1776 - and other lessons learned at Cherry Hill High School East | Jenice Armstrong," 22 May 2018 However, that does not mean that her parents or grandparents were not enslaved. The Root, "Tracing Your Roots: Where Were My Black Homeowning Ancestors From?," 20 Apr. 2018 We were enslaved in Egypt, tortured and murdered during the Spanish Inquisition, slaughtered throughout the Crusades, thrown into concentration camps and killed during the Holocaust. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Moving On and Making a Difference in the Wake of the Tree of Life Shooting," 2 Nov. 2018 The 25-year-old Murad was among thousands of women and girls from the Yazidi minority who were kidnapped and enslaved in 2014 by the group that calls itself the Islamic State. Susannah George, The Seattle Times, "Nobel Peace winner Murad urges global fight against genocide," 8 Oct. 2018

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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 \
enslaved; enslaving

Kids Definition of enslave

: to make a slave of

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