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tr.v. sub·dued, sub·du·ing, sub·dues
1. To subjugate (a region or people, for example) by military force.
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.]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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)]
syn: See defeat.
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- 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."
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Past participle: subdued
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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|Verb||1.||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"|
|2.||subdue - to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"|
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"
|3.||subdue - hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh"|
mortify - practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
|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"|
|6.||subdue - correct by punishment or discipline|
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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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
1. To win a victory over, as in battle or a competition:
beat, best, conquer, defeat, master, overcome, prevail against (or over), rout, subjugate, surmount, triumph over, vanquish, worst.
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subdue[səbˈdjuː] VT [+ enemy] → someter, sojuzgar; [+ children, revellers] → calmar, tranquilizar; [+ animal] → amansar, domar; [+ noise] → bajar; [+ passions] → dominar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
[+ rebels] → soumettre
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
subdue[səbˈdjuː] vt (enemy) → sottomettere; (children) → far star buono/a; (high spirits) → smorzare; (passions) → controllare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
to conquer, overcome or bring under control. After months of fighting the rebels were subdued. onder beheer bring, oorwin يُخْضِع подчинявам се dominar podrobit besiegen overvinde υποτάσσωsometer; dominar alistama تحت تسلط در آوردن valloittaa soumettre לְהַכנִיע जीतना, पराजित करना, वश में लाना, अधीन करना, मन्द करना, शान्त करना podjarmiti, podvrći leigáz menundukkan yfirbuga sottomettere 服従させる 제압하다 nugalėti, numalšinti, nuslopinti apspiest; pakļaut menundukkan onderwerpenunderlegge seg, kue, undertrykkepodbić, pokonać ترتسلط لاندی راوړل dominar a supune подавлять podrobiť podrediti obuzdati underkuva, besegra ปราบ boyun eğdirmek, bastırmak 征服 підкоряти; придушувати فتح کرنا chinh phục , khuất phục 征服subˈdued adjective
quiet; not bright or lively. subdued voices; He seems subdued today. stil خافِت، هادئ потиснат esmorecido tlumený; zaražený gedämpft dæmpet; forknyt χαμηλωμένος, πεσμένος, άτονοςbaja; apagado alistunud آرام vaimea atténué; sans entrainעמום धीमा, मन्द, शान्त, दमित ublažen, prigušen halk tenang dauflegur, daufur calmo; attenuato 沈んだ 조용한, 가라앉은 prislopintas, prislėgtas kluss; klusināts; nomākts tenang ingehouden dempet; spak; dusprzytłumiony, osłabiony آرام esmorecido abătut; fără vioiciune приглушённый; притихший tlmený; zarazený umirjen, tih obuzdan dämpad ที่เบา; อ่อน; สงบเสงี่ยม hafif; suskun ve neşesiz 柔和的，溫順的 ослаблений; приглушений مدھم، ملاءم dịu, khẽ 柔和的，温顺的
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
a. sumiso-a, dominado-a, subyugado-a;
v. dominar, subyugar.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012