An example of subdue is when you manage to calm angry protestors and gain control over the situation.
- 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 of subdueMiddle English subdewen (altered in 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
transitive verbsub·dued, sub·du·ing, sub·dues
- To subjugate (a region or people, for example) by military force.
- a. To bring under control by physical force, persuasion, or other means; overcome: subdued the wild horse; subdued the rebellion in the party ranks.b. To make less intense or prominent; reduce or tone down: I was unable to subdue my excitement about the upcoming holiday.
- To bring (land) under cultivation: Farmers subdued the arid lands of Australia.
Origin of subdueMiddle English subduen, alteration (influenced by Latin subdere, to subject) of Old French suduire, to seduce, from Latin subd&umacron;cere, to withdraw (probably influenced by Latin s&emacron;d&umacron;cere, to seduce) : sub-, away; see sub– + d&umacron;cere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.