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sub·due

 (səb-do͞o′, -dyo͞o′)
tr.v. sub·dued, sub·du·ing, sub·dues
1. To subjugate (a region or people, for example) by military force.
2.
a. To bring under control by physical force, persuasion, or other means; overcome: subdued the wild horse; subdued the rebellion in the party ranks.
b. To make less intense or prominent; reduce or tone down: I was unable to subdue my excitement about the upcoming holiday.
3. To bring (land) under cultivation: Farmers subdued the arid lands of Australia.

[Middle English subduen, alteration (influenced by Latin subdere, to subject) of Old French suduire, to seduce, from Latin subdūcere, to withdraw (probably influenced by Latin sēdūcere, to seduce) : sub-, away; see sub- + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]

sub·du′a·ble adj.
sub·du′er n.

subdue

(səbˈdjuː)
vb (tr) , -dues, -duing or -dued
1. to establish ascendancy over by force
2. to overcome and bring under control, as by intimidation or persuasion
3. to hold in check or repress (feelings, emotions, etc)
4. to render less intense or less conspicuous
[C14 sobdue, from Old French soduire to mislead, from Latin subdūcere to remove; English sense influenced by Latin subdere to subject]
subˈduable adj
subˈduably adv
subˈdual n

sub•due

(səbˈdu, -ˈdyu)

v.t. -dued, -du•ing.
1. to conquer and bring into subjection: Rome subdued Gaul.
2. to overpower by superior force; overcome.
3. to bring under mental or emotional control, as by persuasion or intimidation.
4. to repress (feelings, impulses, etc.).
5. to bring (land) under cultivation.
6. to reduce the intensity, force, or vividness of (sound, light, color, etc.); tone down; soften.
7. to allay (inflammation, infection, etc.).
[1350–1400; Middle English so(b)duen, so(b)dewen < Anglo-French *soduer to overcome, Old French soduire to deceive, seduce < Latin subdūcere to withdraw (see subduct)]
sub•du′a•ble, adj.
sub•du′a•bly, adv.
sub•du′er, n.
syn: See defeat.

subdue

  • mortify - From Latin, meaning "kill or subdue the flesh," it originally meant "to kill," then "to destroy the vitality or vigor of," before it took on its present meaning.
  • pacify - Can mean "to subdue by armed action."
  • subdue - From Latin subducere, "draw from below."
  • tame - Came from Indo-European dom-, "tame, subdue."

subdue


Past participle: subdued
Gerund: subduing

Imperative
subdue
subdue
Present
I subdue
you subdue
he/she/it subdues
we subdue
you subdue
they subdue
Preterite
I subdued
you subdued
he/she/it subdued
we subdued
you subdued
they subdued
Present Continuous
I am subduing
you are subduing
he/she/it is subduing
we are subduing
you are subduing
they are subduing
Present Perfect
I have subdued
you have subdued
he/she/it has subdued
we have subdued
you have subdued
they have subdued
Past Continuous
I was subduing
you were subduing
he/she/it was subduing
we were subduing
you were subduing
they were subduing
Past Perfect
I had subdued
you had subdued
he/she/it had subdued
we had subdued
you had subdued
they had subdued
Future
I will subdue
you will subdue
he/she/it will subdue
we will subdue
you will subdue
they will subdue
Future Perfect
I will have subdued
you will have subdued
he/she/it will have subdued
we will have subdued
you will have subdued
they will have subdued
Future Continuous
I will be subduing
you will be subduing
he/she/it will be subduing
we will be subduing
you will be subduing
they will be subduing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been subduing
you have been subduing
he/she/it has been subduing
we have been subduing
you have been subduing
they have been subduing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been subduing
you will have been subduing
he/she/it will have been subduing
we will have been subduing
you will have been subduing
they will have been subduing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been subduing
you had been subduing
he/she/it had been subduing
we had been subduing
you had been subduing
they had been subduing
Conditional
I would subdue
you would subdue
he/she/it would subdue
we would subdue
you would subdue
they would subdue
Past Conditional
I would have subdued
you would have subdued
he/she/it would have subdued
we would have subdued
you would have subdued
they would have subdued
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.subdue - put down by force or intimidation; "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"
crush, oppress, suppress - come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority; "The government oppresses political activists"
2.subdue - to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
blink away, blink, wink - force to go away by blinking; "blink away tears"
dampen, stifle - smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity"
choke back, choke down, choke off - suppress; "He choked down his rage"
silence, still, hush, hush up, quieten, shut up - cause to be quiet or not talk; "Please silence the children in the church!"
burke - get rid of, silence, or suppress; "burke an issue"
silence - keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure; "All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power"
quell, squelch, quench - suppress or crush completely; "squelch any sign of dissent"; "quench a rebellion"
muffle, stifle, strangle, repress, smother - conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"
curb, hold in, control, moderate, contain, check, hold - lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
3.subdue - hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh"
mortify - practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
curb, hold in, control, moderate, contain, check, hold - lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
4.subdue - get on top of; deal with successfully; "He overcame his shyness"
beat, beat out, vanquish, trounce, crush, shell - come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
bulldog - throw a steer by seizing the horns and twisting the neck, as in a rodeo
5.subdue - make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"
lour, lower - set lower; "lower a rating"; "lower expectations"
6.subdue - correct by punishment or discipline
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

subdue

verb
1. overcome, defeat, master, break, control, discipline, crush, humble, put down, conquer, tame, overpower, overrun, trample, quell, triumph over, get the better of, vanquish, beat down, get under control, get the upper hand over, gain ascendancy over They admit they have not been able to subdue the rebels.
2. moderate, control, check, suppress, soften, repress, mellow, tone down, quieten down He forced himself to subdue and overcome his fears.
moderate provoke, arouse, stir up, awaken, agitate, incite, whip up, waken

subdue

verb
1. To win a victory over, as in battle or a competition:
Informal: trim, whip.
Slang: ace, lick.
Idioms: carry the day, get the best of, get the better of, go someone one better.
2. To make or become less severe or extreme:
Translations
يُخْضِع
podrobit
overvinde
yfirbuga
apspiest
bastırmakboyun eğdirmek

subdue

[səbˈdjuː] VT [+ enemy] → someter, sojuzgar; [+ children, revellers] → calmar, tranquilizar; [+ animal] → amansar, domar; [+ noise] → bajar; [+ passions] → dominar

subdue

[səbˈdjuː] vt
[+ rebels] → soumettre
[+ anger, fears, urge] → apaiser; [+ delight] → tempérer

subdue

vt rebels, countryunterwerfen; enemy alsobesiegen; riotersüberwältigen; demonstrationsniederschlagen; (fig) anger, desireunterdrücken, zähmen; noise, light, high spiritsdämpfen; animals, childrenbändigen; painlindern; wildernesszähmen

subdue

[səbˈdjuː] vt (enemy) → sottomettere; (children) → far star buono/a; (high spirits) → smorzare; (passions) → controllare

subdue

(səbˈdjuː) verb
to conquer, overcome or bring under control. After months of fighting the rebels were subdued.
subˈdued adjective
quiet; not bright or lively. subdued voices; He seems subdued today.

subdue

a. sumiso-a, dominado-a, subyugado-a;
v. dominar, subyugar.
References in classic literature ?
Poor Jo tried desperately to be good, but her bosom enemy was always ready to flame up and defeat her, and it took years of patient effort to subdue it.
He resolved that nobody should be witness of his encounter with Tom; and determined, if he could not subdue him by bullying, to defer his vengeance, to be wreaked in a more convenient season.
But as it was her determination to subdue it, and to prevent herself from appearing to suffer more than what all her family suffered on his going away, she did not adopt the method so judiciously employed by Marianne, on a similar occasion, to augment and fix her sorrow, by seeking silence, solitude and idleness.
I felt pain, and then I felt ire; and then I felt a determination to subdue her--to be her mistress in spite both of her nature and her will.
he continued, crushing his nails into his palms, and grinding his teeth to subdue the maxillary convulsions.
That the engrossing object of- HEEP - was, next to gain, to subdue Mr.
The time I have spent, and am yet to spend in concealment, is, as I explained to thee at Saint Botolph's, necessary to give my friends and faithful nobles time to assemble their forces, that when Richard's return is announced, he should be at the head of such a force as enemies shall tremble to face, and thus subdue the meditated treason, without even unsheathing a sword.
Jansenius, deliberately losing his temper as a last expedient to subdue her, "don't be impertinent, Miss.
Once I was strongly bent upon resistance, for, while I had liberty the whole strength of that empire could hardly subdue me, and I might easily with stones pelt the metropolis to pieces; but I soon rejected that project with horror, by remembering the oath I had made to the emperor, the favours I received from him, and the high title of NARDAC he conferred upon me.
And a deep languid charm I feel without alarm With its melody enwind me And all my heart subdue.
The difficulties and dangers, which so often had defeated attempts of similar establishments, were unable to subdue souls tempered like yours.
As he said to himself, "If, for my sins, or by my good fortune, I come across some giant hereabouts, a common occurrence with knights-errant, and overthrow him in one onslaught, or cleave him asunder to the waist, or, in short, vanquish and subdue him, will it not be well to have some one I may send him to as a present, that he may come in and fall on his knees before my sweet lady, and in a humble, submissive voice say, 'I am the giant Caraculiambro, lord of the island of Malindrania, vanquished in single combat by the never sufficiently extolled knight Don Quixote of La Mancha, who has commanded me to present myself before your Grace, that your Highness dispose of me at your pleasure'?