: 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
Examples of SUBDUE
The troops were finally able to subdue the rebel forces after many days of fighting.
He was injured while trying to subdue a violent drunk.
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