verb (subdues, subduing, subdued)[with object]
- 1Overcome, quieten, or bring under control (a feeling or person): she managed to subdue an instinct to applaudMore example sentences
conquer, defeat, vanquish, get the better of, overpower, overcome, overwhelm, crush, quash, quell, beat, trounce, subjugate, master, suppress, gain the upper hand over, triumph over, tame, bring someone to their knees, hold in check, humble, chasten, cow• informal lick, thrash, wipe the floor with, clobber, demolish, hammer, make mincemeat of, walk all overcurb, restrain, hold back, constrain, contain, inhibit, repress, suppress, stifle, smother, check, keep in check, arrest, bridle, rein in; control, govern, master, quash, quell; moderate, tone down, diminish, lessen, damp
- That they did, but with such a heavy hand that the narcotic gas used to subdue the terrorists also accounted for over 100 hostages.
- Blair passed over his best chance to subdue his friend and rival by moving him to the Foreign Office in the wake of the last election landslide.
- The pair managed to subdue a man who was holding his ex-partner at knifepoint in front of their seven-year-old son.
- 1.1Bring (a country or people) under control by force: Charles went on a campaign to subdue the SaxonsMore example sentences
- The main aim of the wars of new generation is to subdue other countries.
- How can we possibly afford to subdue country after country in war?
- He subdues the nations through bearing witness to the truth, suffering and offering his own life.
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- In other words, she becomes a subordinate and subduable version of the master.
- Our ancestors had known that nature was not subduable and, therefore, had made it an obligation for man to surrender to nature and live in tune with it.
- Godhead is the Lord of ‘maya’ the soul is subduable by the deluding or limiting energy (maya).
late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French suduire, from Latin subducere, literally 'draw from below'.