subjugate

verb sub·ju·gate \ ˈsəb-ji-ˌgāt \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of subjugate

subjugated; subjugating
transitive verb
1 :to bring under control and governance as a subject :conquer
2 :to make submissive :subdue

subjugation

play \ˌsəb-ji-ˈgā-shən\ noun

subjugator

play \ˈsəb-ji-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of subjugate in a Sentence

  1. The emperor's armies subjugated the surrounding lands.

  2. a people subjugated by invaders

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Did You Know?

Since jugus means "yoke" in Latin, subjugate means literally "bring under the yoke". Farmers control oxen by means of a heavy wooden yoke over their shoulders. In ancient Rome, conquered soldiers, stripped of their uniforms, might actually be forced to pass under an ox yoke as a sign of submission to the Roman victors. Even without an actual yoke, what happens to a population that has come under the control of another can be every bit as humiliating. In dozens of countries throughout the world, ethnic minorities are denied basic rights and view themselves as subjugated by their country's government, army, and police.

Origin and Etymology of subjugate

Middle English, from Latin subjugatus, past participle of subjugare, from sub- + jugum yoke — more at yoke


SUBJUGATE Defined for English Language Learners

subjugate

verb

Definition of subjugate for English Language Learners

  • : to defeat and gain control of (someone or something) by the use of force : to conquer and gain the obedience of (a group of people, a country, etc.)



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