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Pronunciation: /sleɪv/

Translation of slave in Spanish:


  • esclavo, (masculine, feminine) he was sold as a slave lo vendieron como esclavo I'm not your slave! ¡yo no soy tu criado or sirviente! to be a slave to sth ser* esclavo de algo she's a slave to alcohol es esclava del alcohol
    Example sentences
    • At any time, a master could confiscate any money that a slave had saved up, and the slave had no legal recourse.
    • A University of Pennsylvania report estimates 750,000 women were trafficked into the U.S. as sex slaves in the past decade.
    • While a slave could be raffled off or wagered at the master's whim, freeing a slave was fraught with legal obstacles.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [colloquial/familiar] he's been slaving away all day ha estado trabajando como un negro or como un burro todo el día [colloquial/familiar]to slave at oover sth he's been slaving (away) at o over the report for days lleva días trabajando como un negro or como un burro con el informe [colloquial/familiar] I've been slaving over a hot stove all afternoon and you say you're not hungry! ¡me he estado matando en la cocina toda la tarde y me dices que no tienes hambre!

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