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 enslave (audio) , en-​ \ noun
enslaver noun

Examples of enslave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 One group of Avengers travels to New York in 2012 when Loki was attempting to use both the Mind Stone and the Space Stone (a.k.a. the Tesseract) to attack the city and enslave all Earthlings. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 8 June 2021 The Spanish and Portuguese, who built their empires on human trafficking, were among the earliest Europeans to enslave and baptize Africans. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 2021 His poetry is like an archive of all that the world forgot, what might have been had humans resisted the desire to enslave and colonize one another. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 Early in the pandemic, Araújo wrote on a personal blog that globalists were seeking to use the coronavirus as a means to subvert liberal democracy and market economics in order to install communism and enslave humans. Star Tribune, 29 Mar. 2021 Before long, the Seder arrives at the ten plagues, which God used to punish Pharaoh for continuing to enslave the Israelites. Mark Gerson, WSJ, 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of enslave

1628, in the meaning defined above

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“Enslave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enslave. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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