- 1(of a person) unusually quiet, and possibly unhappy He seemed a bit subdued to me. She was in a subdued mood. The reception was a subdued affair.
- 2(of light or colors) not very bright subdued lighting the subdued greens and browns of the landscape
- 3(of sounds) not very loud a subdued conversation the sound of subdued laughter
- 4(of business activity) not very busy; with not much activity a period of subdued trading