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Meaning of SUBDUE

Pronunciation:  sub'doo

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  correct by punishment or discipline
  2. [v]  to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
  3. [v]  make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"
  4. [v]  get on top of; deal with successfully; "He overcame his shyness"
  5. [v]  hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh"
  6. [v]  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"

SUBDUE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: chasten, conquer, cricify, curb, get over, inhibit, keep down, master, mortify, overcome, quash, reduce, repress, stamp down, subjugate, subordinate, suppress, surmount, tame
 See Also: abstain, alter, blink, blink away, bulldog, burke, change, check, check, choke back, choke down, choke off, clamp down, contain, contain, control, control, crush, curb, dampen, defeat, desist, hold, hold, hold in, hold in, hush, hush up, lour, lower, moderate, moderate, muffle, oppress, quell, quench, quieten, refrain, repress, shut up, silence, smother, squelch, stifle, still, strangle, suppress, wink



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sub*due"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Subdued}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Subduing}.] [OE. soduen, OF. sosduire to seduce, L.
subtus below (fr. sub under) + ducere to lead. See {Duke},
and cf. {Subduct}.]
1. To bring under; to conquer by force or the exertion of
   superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to
   reduce under dominion; to vanquish.

         I will subdue all thine enemies.      --1 Chron.
                                               xvii. 10.

2. To overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to

         Nothing could have subdued nature To such a lowness,
         but his unkind daughters.             --Shak.

         If aught . . . were worthy to subdue The soul of
         man.                                  --Milton.

3. To destroy the force of; to overcome; as, medicines subdue
   a fever.

4. 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.

5. To overcome, as by persuasion or other mild means; as, to
   subdue opposition by argument or entreaties.

6. To reduce to tenderness; to melt; to soften; as, to subdue
   ferocity by tears.

7. To make mellow; to break, as land; also, to destroy, as

8. To reduce the intensity or degree of; to tone down; to
   soften; as, to subdue the brilliancy of colors.

Syn: To conquer; overpower; overcome; surmount; vanquish. See