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

Definition of subdued

: lacking in vitality, intensity, or strength subdued colors

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.
Recent Examples on the Web While visiting the Pupuke School on the North Shore in New Zealand, Princess Diana chose a more subdued look — a pale yellow Catherine Walker suit and a John Boyd hat. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 Though rents and home prices are still climbing, the pace is more subdued as inflation and rising mortgage rates weaken demand. Aaron Gregg And Yiwen Lu, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2022 Both rents and home prices are still climbing, but at a more subdued pace, as inflation and rising mortgage rates weakened demand. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 Incompetents went to subdued Eastern European chunks of the Soviet empire. WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 And reaction to the night’s biggest surprise (the Will Smith smack heard ‘round the world) seemed subdued. Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 Finally, once the overwhelming majority of the population is immune, those same influences could become so subdued as to be invisible. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 20 Nov. 2021 Simple green-and-ivory gingham was fabricated into a balloon shade over the window while subdued stripes add interest on the backs of the barstools. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Oct. 2021 The 36-member orchestra, led by Kazem Abdullah, supplies a subdued, minimalist underpinning, a gentle, tonal river that flows along under the voices with occasional outbursts of brass and percussion. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 26 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of subdued

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Subdued.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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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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