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slave

noun [C] uk   us   /sleɪv/
B2 a person who is legally owned by someone else and has to work for that person: Black slaves used to work on the cotton plantations of the southern United States. I'm tired of being treated like a slave!
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slave

verb [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 hot stove (= cooking) all morning.
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Translations of “slave”
in Arabic عَبْد…
in Korean 노예…
in Malaysian hamba abdi, hamba…
in French esclave…
in Turkish esir, köle, tutsak…
in Italian schiavo, -a…
in Chinese (Traditional) 奴隸…
in Russian раб…
in Polish niewolni-k/ca…
in Vietnamese người nô lệ, người làm việc đầu tắt, mặt tối…
in Spanish esclavo…
in Portuguese escravo, -a…
in Thai ทาส, ผู้ทำงานหนัก…
in German der Sklave, die Sklavin…
in Catalan esclau, -ava…
in Japanese 奴隷…
in Indonesian budak, pekerja keras…
in Chinese (Simplified) 奴隶…
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