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Definitions of subdue

  1. To overcome or conquer; reduce; lower; as, to subdue a fever; make gentle; tame; as, to subdue the passions; tone down; soften. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To conquer: to bring under dominion: to render submissive: to tame: to soften. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To conquer; tame; soften. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To obtain dominion over, as by war or force; overpower; overcome. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To render mild; soften; tame. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. correct by punishment or discipline Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To bring under; to conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to reduce under dominion; to vanquish. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To destroy the force of; to overcome; as, medicines subdue a fever. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To render submissive; to bring under command; to reduce to mildness or obedience; to tame; as, to subdue a stubborn child; to subdue the temper or passions. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To overcome, as by persuasion or other mild means; as, to subdue opposition by argument or entreaties. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. To reduce to tenderness; to melt; to soften; as, to subdue ferocity by tears. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. To make mellow; to break, as land; also, to destroy, as weeds. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To reduce the intensity or degree of; to tone down; to soften; as, to subdue the brilliancy of colors. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To conquer by force; to reduce under dominion; to overpower; to tame; to render submissive; to reduce to mildness; to conquer by persuasion or other mild means; to captivate; to soften; to overcome; to make mellow; to destroy. See Subduce. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To conquer by force or superior power; to reduce under dominion; to disable from further resistance; to fame; to overcome; to soften. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. SUBDUABLE. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

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Usage examples for subdue

  1. I will subdue them because I am the master, because they owe me obedience by the rule of discipline without which there can be neither Church nor religion; but they oppose and disobey me. – The Shadow of the Cathedral by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
  2. We shall all have our work cut out to subdue piracy. – The Victory At Sea by William Sowden Sims Burton J. Hendrick
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