When a military force takes over a smaller country and makes that country bend to its will, this is an example of subjugate.
transitive verb-·gat·ed, -·gat·ing
- 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 subiugāre subiugāt- 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)