Definition of subdue in English:
verb (subdues, subduing, subdued)[with object]
- 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.
- 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.
duct from mid 17th century:
Duct comes from Latin ductus meaning both ‘leading’ and ‘aqueduct’ formed from ducere ‘to lead’. The verb has produced numerous words in English including abduct (early 17th century) to lead away; conduct (Middle English) lead with; conduit (Middle English); deduce (Late Middle English) draw a conclusion from something; duke; educate (Late Middle English) ‘lead out’; induce (Late Middle English) lead in; introduce (Late Middle English) bring into (a group etc); produce (Late Middle English) ‘lead forward’; reduce (Late Middle English) bring back; seduce (Late Middle English) lead away (originally from duty, with the sexual sense developing in the M16th); subdue (Late Middle English) ‘draw from below’.
- Example sentences
- 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).
- Example sentences
- By the end of the novel, Lovelace cannot but concede that she has become irretrievably independent of him, and he complains to Belford, ‘Oh the triumphant subduer!’
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