Definition and Meanings for subdue

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Subdue is ranked 12,958 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of subdue

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of subdue

oe. soduen, of. sosduire to seduce, l. subtus below (fr. sub under) + ducere to lead. see duke, and cf. subduct

Meaning of subdue


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to bring under; to conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to reduce under dominion; to vanquish.
  • to overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush.
  • to destroy the force of; to overcome; as, medicines subdue a fever.
  • 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.
  • to overcome, as by persuasion or other mild means; as, to subdue opposition by argument or entreaties.
  • to reduce to tenderness; to melt; to soften; as, to subdue ferocity by tears.
  • to make mellow; to break, as land; also, to destroy, as weeds.
  • to reduce the intensity or degree of; to tone down; to soften; as, to subdue the brilliancy of colors.
  • No antonyms for subdue

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