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

     

    shackle

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 1shackle somebody to put shackles on somebody The hostage had been shackled to a radiator. The prisoners were kept shackled during the trial.
  2. 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.
  3. Word Origin Old English sc(e)acul ‘fetter’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schakel ‘link, coupling’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shackle