verb (used with object), en·slaved, en·slav·ing.

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 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

Synonyms for enslave

Antonyms for enslave

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Examples from the Web for enslaver

Historical Examples of enslaver

  • 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!'


    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

British Dictionary definitions for enslaver



(tr) to make a slave of; reduce to slavery; subjugate
Derived Formsenslavement, nounenslaver, noun
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Word Origin and History for enslaver



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

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