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English definition of “enslave”

enslave

verb [T often passive]     /ɪnˈsleɪv/
to control and keep someone forcefully in a bad situation, or to make a slave of someone: Women in this region were enslaved by poverty. The early settlers enslaved or killed much of the native population.Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and acceptingTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive literary to control someone's actions, thoughts, emotions, or life completely: We are increasingly enslaved by technology. Guilt enslaved her.Controlling and being in charge enslavement     /-mənt/ noun [U] Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and acceptingTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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