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[en-cheyn] /ɛnˈtʃeɪn/
verb (used with object)
to bind in or as in chain or chains; fetter; restrain:
to be enchained by ignorance and superstition.
to hold fast, as the attention.
Origin of enchain
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French enchainer, enchaener. See en-1, chain
Related forms
enchainment, noun Unabridged
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  • My teachers are divinities whose oracles, more precious than wisdom, can lead the senses captive and enchain the will.

    Secresy E. (Eliza) Fenwick
  • Utter weakness gripped his body; but more than this seemed to enchain him.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • Do you suppose I could ever love a man who had the paltry, ungenerous instinct to enchain me?

  • There still are comforts and pleasures in God's world, but they do not enchain.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • Apt phrases and beautiful figures of speech seize the imagination and enchain the fancy.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • Her life should be one long vigilant device to enchain his being.

    Henrietta Temple Benjamin Disraeli
  • But there was no particular woman to enchain my fancy and I did not have time or money or inclination to hunt for one.

  • He knew himself to be grave and quiet; there was nothing about him to enchain her to him.

    Vera Nevill Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
  • She is young, and has still many years to live; I have no right to enchain her existence with that of a man she does not love.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
  • A sensation of absolute rest and total indifference seemed to enchain all his faculties.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for enchain


verb (transitive)
to bind with chains
to hold fast or captivate (the attention, etc)
Derived Forms
enchainment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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