Definition of subdued adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//səbˈdjuːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈduːd//
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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. See related entries: Unhappiness
  2. 2(of light or colours) not very bright subdued lighting the subdued greens and browns of the landscape She was dressed in grey and looked suitably subdued.
  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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