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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from enslave

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

Examples of enslave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Memories from the Russian Gulag Varlam Shalamov, a counter-revolutionary writer, spent fifteen years in the horrific Russian Gulag system, six of them enslaved in one of the coldest, harshest gold mines known to exist. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "A Setback In Flint: RaceAhead," 14 June 2019 To know that Thomas Jefferson and George Washington enslaved men, women and children does not occlude their role in generating the founding documents and practices of the United States, but must sit beside it and be explained. Karin Wulf, Twin Cities, "Karin Wulf: What Naomi Wolf and Cokie Roberts teach us about the need for historians," 13 June 2019 North Korean women are often enslaved in brothels, sold into repressive marriages or made to perform graphic acts in front of webcams in satellite towns near cities close to China's border with North Korea, the KFI found. Julie Zaugg, CNN, "These North Korean defectors were sold into China as cybersex slaves. Then they escaped," 9 June 2019 West Africans sold from a ship that landed at Jamestown that year, the first of many thousands of Africans and people of African descent to be enslaved in Virginia. Kathleen Duval, WSJ, "‘1619’ and ‘Marooned’ Review: Filling in Early America’s Blanks," 25 Oct. 2018 As explained by Chris Barr, a guide at the National Park Service’s Andersonville National Historic Site, Gooding was born enslaved in 1838, but his freedom was purchased (perhaps by his father) and he was sent to school in New York City as a child. Lily Rothman, Time, "Read the Letter a Black Civil War Soldier Wrote Asking Abraham Lincoln for Equal Pay," 12 Feb. 2018 Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s novel about a post-U.S. nation ruled by religious extremists whose response to a fertility crisis is to enslave women to bear their children, this show is never going to be a laugh riot. Ellen Gray, https://www.inquirer.com, "Summer TV: 'Big Little Lies,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ a Kevin Bacon drama, and much more," 5 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'enslave.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of enslave

1628, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about enslave

Dictionary Entries near enslave

ensile

Ensis

ensky

enslave

Enslen's vine

ensnare

ensnarement

Statistics for enslave

Last Updated

6 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for enslave

The first known use of enslave was in 1628

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for enslave

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on enslave

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with enslave

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for enslave

Spanish Central: Translation of enslave

Nglish: Translation of enslave for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of enslave for Arabic Speakers

Comments on enslave

What made you want to look up enslave? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

characterized by aphorism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!