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[en-sleyv] /ɛnˈsleɪv/
verb (used with object), enslaved, enslaving.
to make a slave of; reduce to slavery:
His drug addiction has completely enslaved him.
Origin of enslave
First recorded in 1635-45; en-1 + slave
Related forms
enslavement, noun
enslaver, noun
reenslave, verb (used with object), reenslaved, reenslaving.
reenslavement, noun
unenslaved, adjective
enchain, shackle; control, dominate.
free, liberate, release. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He had always regarded the alarm-clock as the most hateful of all the inventions of capitalists to enslave the poor.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • She comes, in an error, to avenge herself, and to enslave the blacks.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • Surely the sin is as great to enslave an American as an African.

  • They have therefore put everything in practice to enslave their minds.

    The Subjection of Women John Stuart Mill
  • And yet, they should not kill her; they should not enslave her.

British Dictionary definitions for enslave


(transitive) to make a slave of; reduce to slavery; subjugate
Derived Forms
enslavement, noun
enslaver, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enslave

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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