Variant of subdue
- to bring into subjection; conquer; vanquish
- to overcome, as by persuasion or training; control
- to make less intense; reduce; diminish; soften; allay
- to repress (emotions, passions, etc.)
- to bring (land) under cultivation
Origin: Middle English subdewen (altered inch(es) sense and form by associated, association with Classical Latin subdere, to put under, subject) from Old French soduire, to withdraw, seduce from Classical Latin subducere: see subduce
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