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Definition of enslave verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enslave
    he / she / it enslaves
    past simple enslaved
    -ing form enslaving
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  1. 1enslave somebody to make someone a slave
  2. 2enslave somebody/something (to something) (formal) to make someone or something completely depend on something so that they cannot manage without it Our civilization remains enslaved to materialism.
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noun [uncountable] In the U.S. the enslavement of Africans and their descendants continued well into the second half of the 19th century. our enslavement by technology
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