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slave

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noun \ˈslāv\

Definition of slave

  1. 1 :  a person held in servitude as the chattel of another

  2. 2 :  one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence

  3. 3 :  a device (as the printer of a computer) that is directly responsive to another

  4. 4 :  drudge, toiler

slave

adjective

Examples of slave in a sentence

  1. He treats her like a slave.

  2. Do it yourself! I'm not your slave!

Origin and Etymology of slave

Middle English sclave, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French esclave, from Medieval Latin sclavus, from Sclavus Slavic; from the frequent enslavement of Slavs in central Europe during the early Middle Ages


First Known Use: 14th century


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slave

verb

Definition of slave

slaved

slaving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  enslave

  3. 2 :  to make directly responsive to another mechanism

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to work like a slave :  drudge

  6. 2 :  to traffic in slaves

Examples of slave in a sentence

  1. I slaved all morning to get the work done on time.

  2. She's been slaving away at her homework.

1602

First Known Use of slave

1602


Slave

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geographical name \ˈslāv\

Definition of Slave

  1. river 258 miles (415 kilometers) Canada flowing from W end of Lake Athabasca N into Great Slave Lake



SLAVE Defined for English Language Learners

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slave

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noun \ˈslāv\

Definition of slave for English Language Learners

  • : someone who is legally owned by another person and is forced to work for that person without pay

  • : a person who is strongly influenced and controlled by something


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slave

verb

Definition of slave for English Language Learners

  • : to work very hard


SLAVE Defined for Kids

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slave

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noun \ˈslāv\

Definition of slave for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who is owned by another person and can be sold at the owner's will

  2. 2 :  a person who is strongly influenced and controlled by something <a slave to fashion>

  3. 3 :  drudge


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slave

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Definition of slave for Students

slaved

slaving

  1. :  to work very hard, for long hours, or under difficult conditions <… I could only see myself slaving … in the tobacco fields. — Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped>



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