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.
Recent Examples on the Web Investors are convinced that inflation will remain subdued, even as central banks and governments make unprecedented stimulus commonplace. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "If Inflation Is Coming, the Market Isn’t Ready," 16 June 2020 Protests across the country had initially been marred by the setting of fires and smashing of windows, but Friday marked the third day of more subdued demonstrations. Anchorage Daily News, "Turning grief into change, movement targets racial injustice," 6 June 2020 In Washington, many of the protesters who went to the White House for days described the Tuesday's tenor as more subdued than in the recent days. Editors, USA TODAY, "George Floyd protests, Global Running Day, Rod Rosenstein testifies on Capitol Hill: 5 things to know Wednesday," 3 June 2020 This attempt fails as the RBI receives a subdued response from banks, which are trying to stay away from risky moves. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz India, "A timeline of the crises that brought India’s $370 billion shadow banking sector to its knees," 2 June 2020 That environment is more subdued right now, with COVID-19 restrictions removing most of the tables in a dining room that’s normally big enough to hold a class reunion. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Pizza restaurant Trilogy Pizza & Wine Bistro’s deep dish does Chicago proud in San Antonio," 5 June 2020 Analysts expect the demand for air travel to remain subdued for several more months, which would derail aviation companies’ expansion and new aircraft purchase plans. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Cargo rescues Indian airlines as humans remain hesitant to fly during a pandemic," 3 June 2020 While Iowa is a hotbed for presidential politics because of the first-in-the-nation caucuses, activism in the state is typically much more subdued. NBC News, "'Des Moines is not immune to this': Iowa protesters march for racial justice — and get results," 1 June 2020 Immediate reactions on Twitter were rather subdued. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Twitter reacts to NCAA notice of allegations on Louisville basketball," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of subdued

1785, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jun 2020

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“Subdued.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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