Definition of subdue in English:

subdue

Syllabification: sub·due
Pronunciation: /səbˈd(y)o͞o
 
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verb (subdues, subduing, subdued)

[with object]
1Overcome, quieten, or bring under control (a feeling or person): she managed to subdue an instinct to applaud
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
conquer, defeat, vanquish, overcome, overwhelm, crush, quash, beat, trounce, subjugate, suppress, bring someone to their knees
informal lick, thrash, hammer
informal keep a/the lid on
1.1Bring (a country or people) under control by force: Charles went on a campaign to subdue the Saxons
More 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French suduire, from Latin subducere, literally 'draw from below'.

Derivatives

subduable

adjective
More 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).

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