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Definition of enslave verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    enslave

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsleɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsleɪv//
     
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enslave
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsleɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsleɪv//
     
    he / she / it enslaves
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsleɪvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsleɪvz//
     
    past simple enslaved
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsleɪvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsleɪvd//
     
    past participle enslaved
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsleɪvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsleɪvd//
     
    -ing form enslaving
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsleɪvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsleɪvɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1enslave somebody to make somebody a slave
  2. 2enslave somebody/something (to something) (formal) to make somebody/something completely depend on something so that they cannot manage without it Our civilization remains enslaved to materialism.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘make (a person) subject to a superstition, passion, etc.’; formerly also as inslave): from en-, in- (as an intensifier) + slave.
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