enslave

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en- +‎ slave

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  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈsleɪv/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪv

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enslave (third-person singular simple present enslaves, present participle enslaving, simple past and past participle enslaved)

  1. (transitive) To make subservient; to strip one of freedom; enthrall.
    The migrants will be enslaved once they're no longer useful to the oligarchs; make no mistake about that.
    • 1848-50, William Makepeace Thackeray, Pendennis, ch 19:
      He and his polite friends would dress themselves out with as much care in order to go and dine at each other’s rooms, as other folks would who were going to enslave a mistress.
    • 1982, Iron Maiden, Run to the Hills
      Selling them whiskey and taking their gold.
      Enslaving the young and destroying the old.

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