Definition of subdue verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    subdue

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//səbˈdu//
     
    (rather formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they subdue
     
    he / she / it subdues
     
    past simple subdued
     
    -ing form subduing
     
     
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  1. 1subdue somebody/something to bring someone or something under control, especially by using force synonym defeat Troops were called in to subdue the rebels.
  2. 2subdue something to calm or control your feelings synonym suppress Julia had to subdue an urge to stroke his hair.
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