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Definition of subdue verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: subdue