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subjugate

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transitive verb sub·ju·gate \ˈsəb-ji-ˌgāt\

Simple Definition of subjugate

  • : to defeat and gain control of (someone or something) by the use of force : to conquer and gain the obedience of (a group of people, a country, etc.)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of subjugate

subjugatedsubjugating

  1. 1 :  to bring under control and governance as a subject :  conquer

  2. 2 :  to make submissive :  subdue

subjugation play \ˌsəb-ji-ˈgā-shən\ noun
subjugator play \ˈsəb-ji-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of subjugate in a sentence

  1. The emperor's armies subjugated the surrounding lands.

  2. a people subjugated by invaders



Origin of subjugate

Middle English, from Latin subjugatus, past participle of subjugare, from sub- + jugum yoke — more at yoke


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with subjugate

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