Meaning of SLAVE in English

SLAVE

■ noun

1》 historical a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.

↘a person who is excessively dependent upon or controlled by something: a ~ to fashion.

2》 a device, or part of one, directly controlled by another. Compare with master 1 .

■ verb

1》 work excessively hard.

2》 [as noun slaving ] historical the action or process of enslaving people.

3》 subject (a device) to control by another.

Origin

ME: shortening of OFr. esclave , equivalent of med. L. sclava (fem.) 'Slavonic (captive)'.

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