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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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Examples from the Web for enchain
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  • Utter weakness gripped his body; but more than this seemed to enchain him.


    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


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