transitive verb sub·due \səb-ˈdü, -ˈdyü\

: to get control of (a violent or dangerous person or group) by using force, punishment, etc.

: to get control of (something, such as a strong emotion)


Full Definition of SUBDUE

:  to conquer and bring into subjection :  vanquish
:  to bring under control especially by an exertion of the will :  curb <subdued my foolish fears>
:  to bring (land) under cultivation
:  to reduce the intensity or degree of :  tone down
sub·du·er noun

Origin of SUBDUE

Middle English sodewen, subduen, from Anglo-French soduire, subdure to lead astray, overcome, arrest (influenced in form and meaning by Latin subdere to subject), from Latin subducere to withdraw, remove stealthily
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of SUBDUE

conquer, vanquish, defeat, subdue, reduce, overcome, overthrow mean to get the better of by force or strategy. conquer implies gaining mastery of <Caesar conquered Gaul>. vanquish implies a complete overpowering <vanquished the enemy and ended the war>. defeat does not imply the finality or completeness of vanquish which it otherwise equals <the Confederates defeated the Union forces at Manassas>. subdue implies a defeating and suppression <subdued the native tribes after years of fighting>. reduce implies a forcing to capitulate or surrender <the city was reduced after a month-long siege>. overcome suggests getting the better of with difficulty or after hard struggle <overcame a host of bureaucratic roadblocks>. overthrow stresses the bringing down or destruction of existing power <violently overthrew the old regime>.
SUBDUE Defined for Kids


verb sub·due \səb-ˈdü, -ˈdyü\

Definition of SUBDUE for Kids

:  to bring under control <He subdued his fears.> <Police subdued the angry man.>
:  to overcome in battle <Troops subdued the enemy.>


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