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