Definition of subjugate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsʌbdʒʊɡeɪt/


[with object]
1Bring under domination or control, especially by conquest: the invaders had soon subjugated most of the population
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  • It was designed to instil in young noblemen the qualities required to conquer new lands and subjugate their people on behalf of the king and the church.
  • For the most part, America is an abstaining superpower: it shows no real interest in conquering and subjugating the rest of the world, even though it can.
  • It is at this time that the idea of conquering a people and subjugating them became a viable model, rather than total extermination.
conquer, vanquish, defeat, crush, quell, quash, gain mastery over, gain ascendancy over, gain control of, bring under the yoke, bring to heel, bring someone to their knees, overcome, overpower, hegemonize;
enslave, tyrannize, oppress, repress, subdue, colonize, suppress;
tame, break, humble
informal lick, clobber, hammer, wipe the floor with, walk all over
1.1 (subjugate someone/thing to) Make someone or something subordinate to: the new ruler firmly subjugated the Church to the state
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  • They attempt to bulldoze into our minds the crudity of their religion: subjugating our faiths to suppress us.
  • But I believe the people in New York were not occupying other people, were not subjugating other people to siege and closures, were not building settlements.
  • For one thing, our constitutional assertion of citizen control of corporations is still there, as is much of the language in the state codes that formally subjugates corporations to us.



Pronunciation: /ˈsʌbdʒʊɡeɪtə/
Example sentences
  • The Iberian nation is Angola's former colonial subjugators; the country that shaped its people's history in an altogether violent and destructive manner.
  • She suddenly switched gears just as quickly as she turned Melanie from subjugator to prisoner.
  • As Brant plodded behind his subjugator, he could hardly think of a time when he had felt this helpless.


Late Middle English: from late Latin subjugat- 'brought under a yoke', from the verb subjugare, based on jugum 'yoke'.

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