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subdue

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1 to achieve a victory over

  • subdued her fear of the dark by joining a club for spelunkers
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get the better of, knock for a loop

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2 to bring under oneʼs control by force of arms

  • subdued the rebels and sent their leaders to the gallows
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3 to put a stop to (something) by the use of force

  • labored through the night to subdue the riverʼs rising waters by building a wall of sandbags around their property
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sit on

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conquer, vanquish, defeat, subdue, reduce, overcome, overthrow mean to get the better of by force or strategy. conquer implies gaining mastery of.
    • Caesar conquered Gaul
vanquish implies a complete overpowering.
    • vanquished the enemy and ended the war
defeat does not imply the finality or completeness of vanquish which it otherwise equals.
    • the Confederates defeated the Union forces at Manassas
subdue implies a defeating and suppression.
    • subdued the native tribes after years of fighting
reduce implies a forcing to capitulate or surrender.
    • the city was reduced after a month-long siege
overcome suggests getting the better of with difficulty or after hard struggle.
    • overcame a host of bureaucratic roadblocks
overthrow stresses the bringing down or destruction of existing power.
    • violently overthrew the old regime


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