[ en-sleyv ]
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verb (used with object),en·slaved, en·slav·ing.
  1. 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.

Origin of enslave

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

Other words for enslave

Opposites for enslave

Other words from enslave

  • en·slave·ment, noun
  • en·slav·er, noun
  • re·en·slave, verb (used with object), re·en·slaved, re·en·slav·ing.
  • re·en·slave·ment, noun

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How to use enslave in a sentence

  • Selina Smithers was the name of my fair enslaver: she was about nineteen, fair as Russia tallow, tall, and somewhat slender.

  • The fair enslaver having fallen into one of her gentle sleeps during the last exposition, nobody likes to wake her.

    Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens
  • It probably gave him some satisfaction merely to view the tenement wherein his fair enslaver reposed.

    Out of the Hurly-Burly | Charles Heber Clark
  • Still, is it not man, the enslaver, who teaches you domestic economy?

    Major Prophets of To-Day | Edwin E. Slosson
  • During the night strange murmurings were heard against "the accursed enslaver of their race."

    Mexico and its Religion | Robert A. Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for enslave


/ (ɪnˈsleɪv) /

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

Derived forms of enslave

  • enslavement, noun
  • enslaver, noun

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