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enchain

[en-cheyn] /ɛnˈtʃeɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to bind in or as in chain or chains; fetter; restrain:
to be enchained by ignorance and superstition.
2.
to hold fast, as the attention.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French enchainer, enchaener. See en-1, chain
Related forms
enchainment, noun
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  • His narrative, if it does not enchain, commends itself by moderation and dignity of tone.
  • Doubtless there will be a contest now which will enchain the attention of the whole country.
British Dictionary definitions for enchain

enchain

/ɪnˈtʃeɪn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to bind with chains
2.
to hold fast or captivate (the attention, etc)
Derived Forms
enchainment, noun
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