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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The goal is to paralyze blacks with undue fear, keeping us enslaved to ideologies that continue to fail us. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Candace Owens challenges ESPN star Jemele Hill to racism debate, says Dems use her to 'paralyze blacks with undue fear'," 10 July 2018 Our show could be seen as a metaphor for the transitional relationship between technology and humans in that people are becoming more and more enslaved by technology. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Japan's 'Scary Beauty' Android Opera is a Metaphor for Our Relationship with Tech: Interview," 2 July 2018 So begins this extraordinary account by Hughes, who was born enslaved in 1848 and was interviewed in 1949 at the ripe old age of 101. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Hacking Diversity in the Legal Profession," 22 June 2018 Hai said people were venting fury not only at China, but at a local government, which is perceived as being corrupt and enslaved by destructive Chinese commercial interests. Martin Petty, The Christian Science Monitor, "China's reach fuels illegal protests in Vietnam," 19 June 2018 Kevin Winter/Getty Images There’s some commentary about being enslaved by our screens in this movie that’s quite overt. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Brad Bird on returning to the world of Incredibles 14 years later," 15 June 2018 The lawmaker was referring to relics in the coast of West Africa where people were enslaved and sold to the Americas. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Nigerian lawmaker invites Kanye West to visit slave ports in Africa," 4 May 2018 Arguably the most debated of all those enslaved human beings, Sally Hemings exists now as a literal shadowy silhouette. Samantha Willis, Glamour, "Thomas Jefferson Owned Hundreds of Slaves. Now, a Black Woman Will Run His Foundation.," 29 June 2018 Cone blended the racial pride of the black power movement with an emphasis on social justice that had been a part of the black church since enslaved Africans first read the Bible. John Blake, CNN, "Remembering the theologian who took on the hypocrisy of the white church," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of enslave

1628, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of enslave was in 1628

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English Language Learners Definition of enslave

: to make (someone) a slave


en·slave | \ in-ˈslāv \
enslaved; enslaving

Kids Definition of enslave

: to make a slave of

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