Subjugate meaning

sŭbjə-gāt
To subjugate is to bring something or someone under your control and to force submission or compliance.

When a military force takes over a smaller country and makes that country bend to its will, this is an example of subjugate.

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To bring under control, especially by military force; conquer.
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To make subordinate or subject to the dominion of something else.
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To bring under control or subjection; conquer.
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To cause to become subservient; subdue.
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To forcibly impose obedience or servitude.
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Origin of subjugate

  • Middle English subjugaten from Latin subiugāre subiugāt- sub- sub- iugum yoke yeug- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin subiugatus, past participle of subiugare (“to bring under the yoke, subjugate"), from sub (“under") + iugum (“yoke"); see yoke.

    From Wiktionary