Simple Definition of subdue
: 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)
Examples of subdue in a sentence
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 and Etymology 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
SUBDUE Defined for Kids
Definition of subdue for Students
1 : to bring under control <He subdued his fears.> <Police subdued the angry man.>
2 : to overcome in battle <Troops subdued the enemy.>
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