To subdue is defined as to gain control over someone or something or to calm or quiet someone or something.(verb)
An example of subdue is when you manage to calm angry protestors and gain control over the situation.
See subdue in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME subdewen (altered in sense and form by assoc. with L subdere, to put under, subject) < OFr soduire, to withdraw, seduce < L subducere: see subduce
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transitive verb sub·dued, sub·du·ing, sub·dues
Origin: Middle English subduen
Origin: , alteration (influenced by Latin subdere, to subject)
Origin: of Old French suduire, to seduce
Origin: , from Latin subdūcere, to withdraw (probably influenced by Latin sēdūcere, to seduce)
Origin: : sub-, away; see sub-
Origin: + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
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