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"slave" in British English

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slavenoun [C]

uk   us   /sleɪv/
B2 a ​person who is ​legallyowned by someone ​else and has to ​work for that ​person: Black slaves used to ​work on the ​cottonplantations of the ​southern United States. I'm ​tired of being treated like a slave!
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slaveverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /sleɪv/ informal
to ​work very hard at something: We slaved away all ​week at the ​report.humorous I've been slaving over a ​hotstove (= ​cooking) all ​morning.
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(Definition of slave from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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slavenoun [C]

 us   /sleɪv/
social studies a ​person who is ​legallyowned by someone ​else and has no ​personalfreedom: Born a slave in 1760, he was ​sold as a ​child to a ​farmer in Delaware.
(Definition of slave from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “slave”
in Korean 노예…
in Arabic عَبْد…
in Malaysian hamba abdi, hamba…
in French esclave…
in Russian раб…
in Chinese (Traditional) 奴隸…
in Italian schiavo, -a…
in Turkish esir, köle, tutsak…
in Polish niewolni-k/ca…
in Spanish esclavo…
in Vietnamese người nô lệ, người làm việc đầu tắt, mặt tối…
in Portuguese escravo, -a…
in Thai ทาส, ผู้ทำงานหนัก…
in German der Sklave, die Sklavin…
in Catalan esclau, -ava…
in Japanese 奴隷…
in Chinese (Simplified) 奴隶…
in Indonesian budak, pekerja keras…
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