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subdue

Overview

This page has two definitions of subdue in English. Subdue is a verb. Also define these 3 related words and terms: overcome, quieten, and control.

English

Etymology

From Middle English subdewen, subduen, sodewen, from Old French souduire, from Latin subdūcō (to draw away), perhaps influenced by subdō (to subdue, subject).

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Verb

subdue (third-person singular simple present subdues, present participle subduing, simple past and past participle subdued)

  1. To overcome, quieten, or bring under control.
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in BBC[1]:
      Gary Cahill, a target for Arsenal and Tottenham before the transfer window closed, put England ahead early on and Rooney was on target twice before the interval as the early hostility of the Bulgarian supporters was swiftly subdued.
  2. To bring (a country) under control by force.

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