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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At one point, almost offhand, the contract workers of the film’s Big Bad company, Worry Free Living, are revealed to kinda-sorta-maybe be enslaved. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Is a Dystopian Send-Up of Dystopias," 13 July 2018 Since then, the anniversary of the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States has been celebrated as Juneteenth. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Juneteenth: How to observe in Central Florida," 19 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of enslave

1628, in the meaning defined above

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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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