Definition of subdued in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsəbˈd(y)o͞od/


1(Of a person or their manner) quiet and rather reflective or depressed: I felt strangely subdued as I drove home
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  • We exchanged letters regularly but the man who emerged from jail was a quieter, more subdued individual.
  • Reflecting on those happy, hell-raising times, a subdued Bennett attributes his current physical condition to earlier self damage.
  • Most of Government functions, in which Ministers participate, are organised in a subdued manner.
2(Of color or lighting) soft and restrained: a subdued plaid shirt
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  • But art deco coloured glass means subdued lighting, hence the problems with reading the menu.
  • The lighting is usually subdued, making colours appear surreal.
  • The colour palette includes subdued beiges, burgundies and charcoal blues on high-back chairs and sectional wall panels.
dim, muted, softened, soft, lowered, subtle

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Syllabification: sub·dued

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