Translation of slave in Spanish:


esclavo, n.

Pronunciation /sleɪv/

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    esclavo masculine
    esclava feminine
    to be a slave to sth ser esclavo de algo
    he was sold as a slave lo vendieron como esclavo
    • I'm not your slave! ¡yo no soy tu criado / sirviente!
    • 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.
    • Since slaves were property, once you find the slave owner, search the records to find out what he did with his property.
    • The economic foundations of the Confederacy were overthrown and property in slaves valued at $4 billion was expropriated.
    • After about 1831 you had to get legal approval to release slaves.
    • For most American slaves, forced relocation south was anathema and often the first impetus for their flight to Canada.
    • Each clan had many slaves, much property, and great political power.
    • What this meant in terms of the slaves ' legal status was unclear.
    • So instead of owning the property, former slaves who wanted to stay there had to work for the former slaveholders.
    • This was recognition that insurance companies made profits insuring slaves as property.
    • All kinds of property including slaves are inheritable by relatives.
    • Technically Roman slaves were the property, the chattels, of their owners, held in a state of total subjection.
    • Property rights in slaves and their labor can be bought and sold via market transactions.
    • He understands his position, while a slave, as transportable property.
    • To say that a slave is simply the property or another does not adequately describe the condition of bonded dependents in an African context.

intransitive verb

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    to slave at sth
    to slave over sth
    he's been slaving away all day ha estado trabajando como un negro / como un burro todo el día informal
    • he's been slaving (away) at / over the report for days lleva días trabajando como un negro / como un burro con el informe
    • 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!
    • We are having sound and plasma screens in all the rooms, and we won't have to spend weekends slaving over DIY.
    • You've been slaving over dinosaur details for days on end.
    • But when I got home, Justin had obviously spent all day slaving away, making a 3 course dinner.
    • She's spent five years slaving away for her millionaire real estate tycoon tyrant of a boss - and she's sick of it!
    • They had heard about aboriginal writers slaving away somewhere out there on new scripts for theatre, but where were they all hiding?
    • After slaving over a business plan, the pair applied to the Prince's Trust for a loan and were awarded the money in February 2000.
    • For months I had seen people slaving away behind newspaper-covered windows that only allowed for a peek.
    • She was scrubbing floors and slaving away to pay for food and lodging.
    • It will be the crowning moment of countless hours spent slaving away in his extended garage.
    • I mean, I've only been slaving away at it for the past two weeks.
    • When you're slaving away on perfecting your own projects, to see someone else exhibit that care and that passion, even in an entirely different field, is a pleasure.
    • It's so warm out and since I was slaving away in the hot kitchen, I opened up the windows to get some air circulating.
    • Still, after a day slaving away at a hot computer terminal, I vowed to go home and bash away on at least one design tonight.
    • Admittedly, it gets a little boring at times, but that suits me just fine, because at least I'm not slaving away at some unfulfilling, low-paying job that I probably wouldn't be good at anyway.
    • I'd feel bad knowing you were slaving away your Saturday.
    • I've been slaving over this one - really, I have!
    • And I'll be stuck slaving away in some moldy old courtroom, wondering ‘what if?’
    • We were back at his house, slaving away at homework.
    • Why slave long and hard in the kitchen, when you can make this salad in minutes, leaving you free to concentrate on the one you love!
    • It keeps us working forever, chained to our desks slaving day after day to pay for it.