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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.]

sub′ju·ga′tion n.
sub′ju·ga′tor n.
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Noun1.subjugator - a conqueror who defeats and enslaves
conqueror, vanquisher - someone who is victorious by force of arms
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