- 1shackle somebody to put shackles on someone The hostage had been shackled to a radiator. The prisoners were kept shackled during the trial.
- 2[usually passive] shackle somebody/something to prevent someone from behaving or speaking as they want She is opposed to shackling the press with privacy laws.
NAmE//ˈʃækl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shackle
he / she / it shackles
past simple shackled
-ing form shackling