transitive verb \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

Examples of SUBDUE

  1. The troops were finally able to subdue the rebel forces after many days of fighting.
  2. He was injured while trying to subdue a violent drunk.
  3. She struggled to subdue her fears.

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


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