Subdue Definition

səb-do͝o, -dyo͝o
subdued, subdues, subduing
subdued, subdues, subduing
To bring into subjection; conquer; vanquish.
Webster's New World
To subjugate (a region or people, for example) by military force.
American Heritage
To overcome, as by persuasion or training; control.
Webster's New World
To make less intense; reduce; diminish; soften; allay.
Webster's New World
To repress (emotions, passions, etc.)
Webster's New World

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

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