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Definition of subdue verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    subdue

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//səbˈdjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈduː//
     
    (rather formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they subdue
    BrE BrE//səbˈdjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈduː//
     
    he / she / it subdues
    BrE BrE//səbˈdjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈduːz//
     
    past simple subdued
    BrE BrE//səbˈdjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈduːd//
     
    past participle subdued
    BrE BrE//səbˈdjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈduːd//
     
    -ing form subduing
    BrE BrE//səbˈdjuːɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈduːɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1subdue somebody/something to bring somebody/something under control, especially by using force synonym defeat Troops were called in to subdue the rebels. The most serious charges relate to the regime’s efforts to subdue insurgents in the northern provinces.
  2. 2subdue something to calm or control your feelings synonym suppress Julia had to subdue an urge to stroke his hair.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French suduire, from Latin subducere, literally ‘draw from below’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: subdue