What does subdue mean?

Definitions for subdue
səbˈdu, -ˈdyusub·due

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

  3. mortify, subdue, crucify(verb)

    hold within limits and control

    "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh"

  4. overcome, get over, subdue, surmount, master(verb)

    get on top of; deal with successfully

    "He overcame his shyness"

  5. subordinate, subdue(verb)

    make subordinate, dependent, or subservient

    "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"

  6. tame, chasten, subdue(verb)

    correct by punishment or discipline


  1. subdue(Verb)

    To overcome, quieten, or bring under control.

  2. subdue(Verb)

    To bring (a country) under control by force.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subdue(verb)

    to bring under; to conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to reduce under dominion; to vanquish

  2. Subdue(verb)

    to overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush

  3. Subdue(verb)

    to destroy the force of; to overcome; as, medicines subdue a fever

  4. Subdue(verb)

    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

  5. Subdue(verb)

    to overcome, as by persuasion or other mild means; as, to subdue opposition by argument or entreaties

  6. Subdue(verb)

    to reduce to tenderness; to melt; to soften; as, to subdue ferocity by tears

  7. Subdue(verb)

    to make mellow; to break, as land; also, to destroy, as weeds

  8. Subdue(verb)

    to reduce the intensity or degree of; to tone down; to soften; as, to subdue the brilliancy of colors

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Subdue

    sub-dū′, v.t. to conquer: to bring under dominion: to render submissive: to tame: to soften.—adj. Subdū′able.—n. Subdū′al, the act of subduing.—adj. Subdued′, toned down.—ns. Subdued′ness; Subdue′ment (Shak.), conquests; Subdū′er. [O. Fr. souduire—L. sub, under, ducĕre, to lead.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. subdue

    To bring under; to conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to reduce under dominion. To overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subdue in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subdue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of subdue in a Sentence

  1. Gelett Burgess:

    The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered.

  2. Vladimir Putin:

    They do not want to humiliate us, they want to subdue us, solve their problems at our expense, No one in history ever managed to achieve this with Russia, and no one ever will.

  3. Morticia Addams - from the Addams Family movie:

    We gladly feast on those who would subdue us ... not just pretty words, Fester.

  4. Sun Tzu:

    The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

  5. William Carleton:

    Strong feelings do not necessarily make a strong character. The strength of a man is to be measured by the power of the feelings he subdues not by the power of those which subdue him.

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