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 subduedly (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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While pink seemed to be the winning color of the night according to Gemma Chan, Kacey Musgraves and Angela Bassett, the California babe went more subdued for the big night. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Parties at the Oscars After Celebrating 1 Year Wedding Anniversary," 25 Feb. 2019 The master bedroom maintains a colorful vintage vibe, this time with a more subdued palette that brings some of the outdoors in. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 2019 Though many members of Princess Anne's family wear bright colors at public events—the better to be seen by crowds and stand out in photographs—the Princess Royal favors more subdued colors. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Princess Anne Wore Emerald Green to Her Niece Princess Eugenie's Wedding to Jack Brooksbank," 12 Oct. 2018 In the office, which is adorned with Facebook logos, fresh fruit is at the agents’ disposal in a small room where subdued colors and decorative moss growing on the walls are meant to calm fraying nerves. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate," 19 May 2018 The furnishings often feature simple lines and subdued colors. Nancy A. Herrick, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Home refresh: Trendy accents can provide an up-to-date look," 9 Mar. 2018 Events can either be deadly or subdued, depending on countless compositional variations and environmental conditions. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Blew Up Lava in a Backyard Volcano to Unlock the Secrets of the Most Violent Eruptions," 11 Dec. 2018 In the winter, the island sheds the sparkles for a more subdued richness: terra cotta soil, perennial wildflowers, almond blossoms, citrus trees, quiet mornings in Mediterranean coves. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 Falling energy prices could keep inflation subdued, tempering interest-rate expectations. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Oil’s Deja Vu Moment: OPEC Meets Amid Price Rout," 1 Dec. 2018

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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 How to pronounce subdued (audio) , -ˈdyüd\

Kids Definition of subdued

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

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