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Meaning & Definition of Subdue in English

English

Subdue

/səbdu/

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • repress
  • ,
  • quash
  • ,
  • keep down
  • ,
  • subdue
  • ,
  • subjugate
  • ,
  • reduce

2. To put down by force or authority

  • "Suppress a nascent uprising"
  • "Stamp down on littering"
  • "Conquer one's desires"
    synonym:
  • suppress
  • ,
  • stamp down
  • ,
  • inhibit
  • ,
  • subdue
  • ,
  • conquer
  • ,
  • curb

3. Hold within limits and control

  • "Subdue one's appetites"
  • "Mortify the flesh"
    synonym:
  • mortify
  • ,
  • subdue
  • ,
  • crucify

4. Get on top of

  • Deal with successfully
  • "He overcame his shyness"
    synonym:
  • overcome
  • ,
  • get over
  • ,
  • subdue
  • ,
  • surmount
  • ,
  • master

5. Make subordinate, dependent, or subservient

  • "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"
    synonym:
  • subordinate
  • ,
  • subdue

6. Correct by punishment or discipline

    synonym:
  • tame
  • ,
  • chasten
  • ,
  • subdue

Examples of using

I could not subdue the desire to laugh.