Subdue meaning

səb-do͝o, -dyo͝o
To subdue is defined as to gain control over someone or something or to calm or quiet someone or something.

An example of subdue is when you manage to calm angry protestors and gain control over the situation.

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To overcome, as by persuasion or training; control.
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To subjugate (a region or people, for example) by military force.
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To bring (land) under cultivation.

Farmers subdued the arid lands of Australia.

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To repress (emotions, passions, etc.)
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To bring (land) under cultivation.
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To bring into subjection; conquer; vanquish.
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To make less intense; reduce; diminish; soften; allay.
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To overcome, quieten, or bring under control.
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To bring (a country) under control by force.
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Origin of subdue

  • Middle English subduen alteration (influenced by Latin subdere to subject) of Old French suduire to seduce from Latin subdūcere to withdraw (probably influenced by Latin sēdūcere to seduce) sub- away sub– dūcere to lead deuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition