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enslave

[ en-sleyv ]
/ ɛnˈsleɪv /
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verb (used with object), en·slaved, en·slav·ing.

to make a slave of; hold (someone) in slavery or bondage: Spartacus was enslaved by the Romans, fought as a gladiator, and later led an insurrection in 73 B.C.

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Origin of enslave

First recorded in 1635–45; en-1 + slave

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British Dictionary definitions for enslave

enslave
/ (ɪnˈsleɪv) /

verb

(tr) to make a slave of; reduce to slavery; subjugate

Derived forms of enslave

enslavement, nounenslaver, noun
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