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tr.v. sub·ju·gat·ed, sub·ju·gat·ing, sub·ju·gates
1. To bring under control, especially by military force; conquer.
2. To make subordinate or subject to the dominion of something else: "The urgency of the mating season is subjugated, for the moment, to the demands of self-preservation" (David M. Carroll).
[Middle English subjugaten, from Latin subiugāre, subiugāt- : sub-, sub- + iugum, yoke; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.]
1. to bring into subjection
2. to make subservient or submissive
[C15: from Late Latin subjugāre to subdue, from Latin sub- + jugum yoke]
v.t. -gat•ed, -gat•ing.
1. to bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master.
2. to make submissive or subservient; enslave.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin subjugātus, past participle of subjugāre= Latin sub- sub- + -jugāre, v. derivative of jugum yoke; see -ate1]
Past participle: subjugated
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|Verb||1.||subjugate - 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.||subjugate - make subservient; force to submit or subdue|
dragoon - subjugate by imposing troops
enslave - make a slave of; bring into servitude
verb conquer, master, overcome, defeat, crush, suppress, put down, overthrow, tame, lick (informal), subdue, overpower, quell, rule over, enslave, vanquish, hold sway over, bring to heel, bring (someone) to his knees, bring under the yoke Their costly attempt to subjugate the citizens lasted 10 years.
1. To win a victory over, as in battle or a competition:
beat, best, conquer, defeat, master, overcome, prevail against (or over), rout, subdue, surmount, triumph over, vanquish, worst.