What does subdue mean?

Definitions for subdue
səbˈdu, -ˈdyusub·due

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word subdue.

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. Sun Tzu:

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

  2. Charles Dickens:

    Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature.

  3. Morticia Addams - from the Addams Family movie:

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

  4. David Borenstein:

    One cannot subdue a man by holding back his hands. Lasting peace comes not from force.

  5. Hazrat Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib, Nahj-ul-Balagha (Sermons and sayings Compilation):

    If you overpower your enemy, then pardon him by way of thankfulness to Allah, for being able to subdue him.

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