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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for enslaver
Historical Examples
  • The devotion of Mr Sparkler was only to be equalled by the caprice and cruelty of his enslaver.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • I was so near my enslaver there, and my heart said all the time, 'O, I must see him!'

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • The real oppressor, enslaver and corrupter of the people is the bible.

    Mistakes of Moses Robert G. Ingersoll
  • The real oppressor, enslaver and corrupter of the people is the Bible.

  • Still, is it not man, the enslaver, who teaches you domestic economy?

    Major Prophets of To-Day Edwin E. Slosson
  • How could he give the apple to any else but this enslaver—this joy of gods and men?

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Compare Joseph, the enslaver of the people, with Moses, the liberator!

  • When Death is no longer terrible to the Enslaved, then let the enslaver look to it.

    A Trip to Cuba Julia Ward Howe
  • Heart claimed, thoughts claimed, all dancing attendance on the enslaver.'

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • You would not have me captivated ere I ever set eyes on my enslaver?

    Girlhood and Womanhood Sarah Tytler
British Dictionary definitions for enslaver


(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 enslaver



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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