sub·​dued | \səb-ˈdüd, -ˈdyüd\

Definition of subdued 

: lacking in vitality, intensity, or strength subdued colors

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Other Words from subdued

subduedly \səb-​ˈdü(-​ə)d-​lē, -​ˈdyü(-​ə)d-​ \ adverb

Examples of subdued in a Sentence

She spoke in a subdued voice. The color in the lobby is subdued.

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This time around, with the development of some of the last remaining open parcels in Kendall Square, development is a little more subdued. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 Have a Movie Marathon Prefer your after dinner activities more subdued? Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "12 Thanksgiving Tradition Ideas for the Best Holiday Ever," 28 Aug. 2018 Deng said her children have become more subdued since their father's time in jail., "Chinese Family Pays Price for Activist's Probe of Ivanka Trump," 25 Jan. 2018 Instead of buying new knobs, Pinkston bought a can of copper paint to give her pulls a more subdued look. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "A Brand New Kitchen in 3 Small Changes," 14 Sep. 2015 But Average Decca Home's retro City Gull Wing Sofa gets a modern update with a refreshingly bold play on stripes in bright fuchsia, mustardy yellows, and subdued grays. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "Go Inside The London Design Festival, AKA Fashion Week For Decor Addicts," 2 Oct. 2018 The Vamp Stamp also comes in different shapes: The Vavavoom (in small, medium, and large) gives a more dramatic line; while the Vixen gives a thinner, more subdued flick. Michelle Sulcov, Glamour, "I Tried the Internet's Top Cat Eye Tricks to See What Actually Works," 27 Aug. 2018 In the late 1990s, inflation grew at a 2.7 percent annual rate, compared with the much more subdued 2 percent annual rate over the past three years. Jason Furman, Vox, "The real reason you’re not getting a pay raise," 11 Aug. 2018 But there was a new, subdued urgency to those opening seconds. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "With NEXT update, No Man’s Sky finally brings it all together," 6 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of subdued

1785, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of subdued

: not strong, loud, intense, etc.


sub·​dued | \səb-ˈdüd, -ˈdyüd\

Kids Definition of subdued

: lacking in liveliness, intensity, or strength a subdued voice

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