When a military force takes over a smaller country and makes that country bend to its will, this is an example of subjugate.
- to bring under control or subjection; conquer
- to cause to become subservient; subdue
Origin of subjugateMiddle English subiugaten ; from Classical Latin subjugatus, past participle of subjugare, to bring under the yoke ; from sub-, under + jugum, yoke
transitive verbsub·ju·gat·ed, sub·ju·gat·ing, sub·ju·gates
- To bring under control, especially by military force; conquer.
- To make subordinate or subject to the dominion of something else: “The urgency of the mating season is subjugated, for the moment, to the demands of self-preservation” (David M. Carroll).
Origin of subjugateMiddle English subjugaten, from Latin subiugare, subiugat- : sub-, sub- + iugum, yoke; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present subjugates, present participle subjugating, simple past and past participle subjugated)