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SLAVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does slave mean? 

SLAVE (noun)
  The noun SLAVE has 3 senses:

1. a person who is owned by someone
2. someone who works as hard as a slave
3. someone entirely dominated by some influence or person

  Familiarity information: SLAVE used as a noun is uncommon.


SLAVE (adjective)
  The adjective SLAVE has 1 sense:

1. held in servitude

  Familiarity information: SLAVE used as an adjective is very rare.


SLAVE (verb)
  The verb SLAVE has 1 sense:

1. work very hard, like a slave

  Familiarity information: SLAVE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SLAVE (noun)


Sense 1slave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who is owned by someone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("slave" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "slave"):

bondman; bondsman (a male slave)

bondmaid; bondswoman; bondwoman (a female slave)

bond servant (someone bound to labor without wages)

creature; puppet; tool (a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else)

galley slave (a slave condemned to row in a galley)

Instance hyponyms:

Dred Scott; Scott (United States slave who sued for liberty after living in a non-slave state; caused the Supreme Court to declare the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional (1795?-1858))

Nat Turner; Turner (United States slave and insurrectionist who in 1831 led a rebellion of slaves in Virginia; he was captured and executed (1800-1831))

Denmark Vesey; Vesey (United States freed slave and insurrectionist in South Carolina who was involved in planning an uprising of slaves and was hanged (1767-1822))


Sense 2slave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who works as hard as a slave

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

hard worker; striver; slave

Hypernyms ("slave" is a kind of...):

worker (a person who works at a specific occupation)


Sense 3slave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone entirely dominated by some influence or person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context examples:

a slave to fashion / a slave to cocaine / his mother was his abject slave

Hypernyms ("slave" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)


SLAVE (adjective)


Sense 1slave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Held in servitude

Context example:

he was born of slave parents

Similar:

bond; enslaved; enthralled; in bondage (held in slavery)

servile (relating to or involving slaves)

slaveholding (where slavery was legal)

Also:

unfree (hampered and not free; not able to act at will)

Antonym:

free (not held in servitude)


SLAVE (verb)


Sense 1slave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Work very hard, like a slave

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

slave; knuckle down; buckle down; break one's back

Hypernyms (to "slave" is one way to...):

do work; work (be employed)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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