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enchain

[en-cheyn] /ɛnˈtʃeɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to bind in or as in chain or chains; fetter; restrain:
to be enchained by ignorance and superstition.
2.
to hold fast, as the attention.
Origin of enchain
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French enchainer, enchaener. See en-1, chain
Related forms
enchainment, noun
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  • Utter weakness gripped his body; but more than this seemed to enchain him.

    Cursed

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

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • Her life should be one long vigilant device to enchain his being.

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

    Vera Nevill Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
  • A sensation of absolute rest and total indifference seemed to enchain all his faculties.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • But the Eskimo was much too experienced a hunter and warrior to allow the drowsy god to enchain him long.

    The Walrus Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
  • It is the desire of my soul that in the future you may enjoy happier days than those which now enchain you to a fatal union.'

  • Chemyaka, thus constrained to set the body of his captive free, wished to enchain his soul by the most solemn oaths.

    The Empire of Russia

    John S. C. Abbott
  • But even his great achievements could not enchain the heart of the capricious empress.

    Women of Early Christianity Alfred Brittain
  • Letters can enchain hearts; it was by letters that these two found themselves imperceptibly betrothed.

    White Lies Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for enchain

enchain

/ɪnˈtʃeɪn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to bind with chains
2.
to hold fast or captivate (the attention, etc)
Derived Forms
enchainment, noun
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