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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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 Throughout, the architecture subtly frames the narrative, as in the dark, low-ceilinged spaces, whose exhibits relate how Africans were abducted, enslaved and shipped across the Atlantic. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "The national African-American museum still stirs the soul — and drops hints of what to expect at the Obama Presidential Center," 11 July 2018 Trained at the elite Château de Chantilly while accompanying Jefferson on a trip to France, Hemings would later become one of only two laborers enslaved by Jefferson to negotiate his freedom. Amanda Cargill, Smithsonian, "What Did the Founding Fathers Eat and Drink as They Started a Revolution?," 3 July 2018 Kanye made an attempt to argue that because of the sheer numbers of kidnapped and enslaved people, blacks chose to remain in slavery for centuries in this country. Tiffany Capers - Contributing Columnist, Observer Editorial Board, charlotteobserver, "What Kanye and Pat McCrory got wrong about blacks | Charlotte Observer," 18 May 2018 They are often ostracized, abused, assaulted by mobs, raped or enslaved by criminals in conservative countries, where homosexuality is a taboo, advocates say. NBC News, "Global LGBTQ funding up but worry as bulk goes to North America," 26 Apr. 2018 In some cases, those enslaved earned enough money to buy their freedom. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Loretta's Pralines finds its sweet spot at New Orleans Jazz Fest," 24 Apr. 2018 The series follows a woman, Offred, who is enslaved as a handmaid in the totalitarian society of Gilead. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Sexy 'maiden costume' yanked from website after backlash from 'Handmaid's Tale' fans," 21 Sep. 2018 But the reality is that, for most of this country’s history, one tribe has held power, deciding who was allowed to settle the land and who could be dispossessed, who was free and who was enslaved, who had the right to vote and who did not. Laila Lalami, New York Times, "Does American ‘Tribalism’ End in a Compromise, or a Fight?," 26 June 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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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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