Definitions for subduesəbˈdu, -ˈdyu
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sub•due*səbˈdu, -ˈdyu(v.t.)-dued, -du•ing.
to conquer and bring into subjection:
Rome subdued Gaul.
to overpower by superior force; overcome.
to bring under mental or emotional control, as by persuasion or intimidation.
to repress (feelings, impulses, etc.).
to bring (land) under cultivation.
to reduce the intensity, force, or vividness of (sound, light, color, etc.); tone down; soften.
to allay (inflammation, infection, etc.).
* Syn: See defeat.
Origin of subdue:
1350–1400; ME so(b)duen, so(b)dewen < AF *soduer to overcome, OF soduire to deceive, seduce < L subdūcere to withdraw (see subduct )
repress, quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduce(verb)
put down by force or intimidation
"The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"
suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curb(verb)
to put down by force or authority
"suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
mortify, subdue, crucify(verb)
hold within limits and control
"subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh"
overcome, get over, subdue, surmount, master(verb)
get on top of; deal with successfully
"He overcame his shyness"
make subordinate, dependent, or subservient
"Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"
tame, chasten, subdue(verb)
correct by punishment or discipline
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to force sb to stop being aggressive
Police subdued the rioters with tear gas.
To overcome, quieten, or bring under control.
To bring (a country) under control by force.
to bring under; to conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to reduce under dominion; to vanquish
to overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush
to destroy the force of; to overcome; as, medicines subdue a fever
to render submissive; to bring under command; to reduce to mildness or obedience; to tame; as, to subdue a stubborn child; to subdue the temper or passions
to overcome, as by persuasion or other mild means; as, to subdue opposition by argument or entreaties
to reduce to tenderness; to melt; to soften; as, to subdue ferocity by tears
to make mellow; to break, as land; also, to destroy, as weeds
to reduce the intensity or degree of; to tone down; to soften; as, to subdue the brilliancy of colors
Translations for subdue
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to conquer, overcome or bring under control
After months of fighting the rebels were subdued.
- onder beheer bring, oorwinAfrikaans
- подчинявам сеBulgarian
- dominarPortuguese (BR)
- someter; dominarSpanish
- تحت تسلط در آوردنFarsi
- जीतना, पराजित करना, वश में लाना, अधीन करना, मन्द करना, शान्त करनाHindi
- podjarmiti, podvrćiCroatian
- nugalėti, numalšinti, nuslopintiLithuanian
- apspiest; pakļautLatvian
- underlegge seg, kue, undertrykkeNorwegian
- podbić, pokonaćPolish
- تحت تسلط در آوردنPersian
- ترتسلط لاندی راوړلPashto
- a supuneRomanian
- underkuva, besegraSwedish
- boyun eğdirmek, bastırmakTurkish
- 征服Chinese (Trad.)
- підкоряти; придушуватиUkrainian
- فتح کرناUrdu
- chinh phục , khuất phụcVietnamese
- 征服Chinese (Simp.)
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