Definition of subdue
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.
Recent Examples of subdue from the Web
Shane Harris, president of the National Action Network, a civil right’s organization, questioned any policy that allows a man who is subdued and handcuffed to remain in the jaws of a canine.
Officers were able to subdue Burkhardt after the gunfire exchange.
A K-9 has its mouth viciously around his arm, refusing to let go despite Cheatum already being subdued in cuffs.
In the winter, the girls won the Class S Championship, but kept the celebration subdued because the boys did not win.
Like the war in Yemen, the isolation of Qatar is an effort by Salman and his son to subdue a recalcitrant neighbor to fall in line with Saudi policies.
There are many ways to subdue someone without shooting them.
Reefs not only help break-up fierce hurricane waves but, more importantly, subdue everyday waves that erode beaches, which has cost taxpayers millions in South Florida.
An officer chased Strawser and subdued him with a stun gun, police said.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of subdue
SUBDUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of subdue for English Language Learners
: 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)
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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