slave

slave
slave1 [sleıv] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: esclave, from Medieval Latin sclavus, from Sclavus ( SLAVIC); because in the early Middle Ages many Slavic people in central Europe were slaves]
1.) someone who is owned by another person and works for them for no money
the slave trade
(=the buying and selling of slaves, especially Africans who were taken to America)
2.) be a slave to/of sth
to be so strongly influenced by something that you cannot make your own decisions - used to show disapproval
a slave to fashion
slave 2
slave2 v [I always + adverb/preposition]
to work very hard with little time to rest
slave away (at sth)
I've been slaving away at this report.
slave over
He's been slaving over his history essay.
slave (away) over a hot stove
(=cook - used humorously)

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  • slave — (slāv) n. 1. One who is owned as the property of someone else, especially in involuntary servitude. 2. One who is subservient to or controlled by another: »his boss s slave. 3. One who is subject to or controlled by a specified influence: »a… …   Word Histories

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  • slave — [slāv] n. [ME sclave < OFr or ML: OFr esclave < ML sclavus, slave, orig., Slav < LGr Sklabos, ult. < OSlav Slovēne, native name of a Slavic people: first used of captives of Slavic orig. in SE Europe] 1. a human being who is owned as… …   English World dictionary

  • Slave — Indian tribe of northwestern Canada, 1789, from SLAVE (Cf. slave) (n.), translating Cree (Algonquian) awahkan captive, slave …   Etymology dictionary

  • Slave — Slave, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Slaved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slaving}.] To drudge; to toil; to labor as a slave. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slave — (izg. slȇjv) m DEFINICIJA inform. naziv za podređeni, podčinjeni ili sporedni uređaj [primarni slave; sekundarni slave], opr. master (4) ETIMOLOGIJA engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Slave — (sl[aum]v or sl[a^]v; 277) n. See {Slav}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slave — Slave, v. t. To enslave. Marston. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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