verb (used with object)
to bind in or as in chain or chains; fetter; restrain: to be enchained by ignorance and superstition.
to hold fast, as the attention.

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French enchainer, enchaener. See en-1, chain

enchainment, noun
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enchain (ɪnˈtʃeɪn)
1.  to bind with chains
2.  to hold fast or captivate (the attention, etc)

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Example sentences
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.
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