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Definition of subdued adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 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. 2(of light or colors) not very bright subdued lighting the subdued greens and browns of the landscape
  3. 3(of sounds) not very loud a subdued conversation the sound of subdued laughter
  4. 4(of business activity) not very busy; with not much activity a period of subdued trading
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