sub·​dued | \ səb-ˈdüd How to pronounce subdued (audio) , -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 How to pronounce subdued (audio) , -​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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First Known Use of subdued

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subdued was in 1785

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14 Jun 2021

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“Subdued.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of subdued

: not strong, loud, intense, etc.


sub·​dued | \ səb-ˈdüd How to pronounce subdued (audio) , -ˈdyüd \

Kids Definition of subdued

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


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