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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Irving went to high school in at Saint Patrick in Elizabeth, N.J. Durant was more subdued, sharing a black-and-white picture of himself riding a bike. Kaelen Jones,, "Kyrie Irving Explains Why He's Coming 'Home' to Join Brooklyn Nets," 1 July 2019 Instead, García that evening was calm, even subdued, with little of the bluster usually associated with his public persona. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "What Led Peru’s Former President to Take His Own Life?," 1 July 2019 In 2008, against then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Mr. Biden came across as subdued and respectful, mindful of the potential pitfalls against the first woman to run on a Republican presidential ticket. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Joe Biden May See Sharp Knives on Crowded Debate Stage," 24 June 2019 With inflation subdued and global risks rising, the Fed did an about-face late last year and forecast no rate increases this year. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "The economic expansion is poised to be the longest ever. Will it die or get a second wind?," 16 June 2019 The victory over Chile was more subdued than the U.S. team’s record-breaking rout of Thailand. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "Carli Lloyd, a World Cup starter again, scores twice as U.S. beats Chile," 16 June 2019 Magneto, whom Fassbender has presented with a kind of scenery-chewing relish over the series, is calmer here, subdued. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Quiet Strengths of 'Dark Phoenix'," 8 June 2019 Their suffering seems operatic, their joys subdued. Patty Rhule, USA TODAY, "Jennifer Weiner's 'Mrs. Everything' explores broken dreams in the era of women's lib," 10 June 2019 Likewise, her years leading the CFDA were anything but subdued. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "“My Big Goal Was to Create a Fashion Family”—Diane von Furstenberg Discusses Her 13 Years as the Head of the CFDA," 27 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce subdued (audio) , -ˈdyüd\

Kids Definition of subdued

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

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