- 1shackle somebody to put shackles on somebody The hostage had been shackled to a radiator. The prisoners were kept shackled during the trial.
- 2[usually passive] shackle somebody/something to prevent somebody from behaving or speaking as they want She is opposed to shackling the press with privacy laws. Word Origin Old English sc(e)acul ‘fetter’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schakel
BrE BrE//ˈʃækl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃækl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shackle
BrE BrE//ˈʃækl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃækl//he / she / it shackles
BrE BrE//ˈʃæklz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃæklz//past simple shackled
BrE BrE//ˈʃækld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃækld//past participle shackled
BrE BrE//ˈʃækld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃækld//-ing form shackling
BrE BrE//ˈʃæklɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃæklɪŋ//