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verb (used with object), en·slaved, en·slav·ing.
  1. to make a slave of; reduce to slavery: His drug addiction has completely enslaved him.
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Origin of enslave

First recorded in 1635–45; en-1 + slave
Related formsen·slave·ment, nounen·slav·er, nounre·en·slave, verb (used with object), re·en·slaved, re·en·slav·ing.re·en·slave·ment, nounun·en·slaved, adjective


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enchain, shackle; control, dominate.


free, liberate, release.
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  1. (tr) to make a slave of; reduce to slavery; subjugate
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Derived Formsenslavement, nounenslaver, noun
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Word Origin and History for enslave


1640s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + slave (n.). Related: Enslaved; enslaving.

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