Word forms: enslaves
To enslave someone means to make them into a slave. [be V-ed] ⇒ They've been enslaved and had to do what they were told. [V n] ⇒ I'd die myself before I'd let anyone enslave your folk ever again. [V-ed] ⇒ George was born to an enslaved African mother.
2. verb To enslave a person or society means to trap them in a situation from which they cannot escape. [V n] ⇒ ...the various cultures, cults and religions that have enslaved human beings for untold years. [be V-ed + to] ⇒ It would be a tragedy if both sexes were enslaved to the god of work. [Also V n + to]
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