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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sub·due v. t. [imp. & p. p. Subdued p. pr. & vb. n. Subduing.]
 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 crush.
 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 weeds.
 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 Conquer.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sub·dued a.
 1. Conquered; overpowered; crushed; submissive; mild.
 2. Not glaring in color; soft in tone.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: in a softened tone; "hushed voices"; "muted trumpets"; "a
             subdued whisper"; "a quiet reprimand" [syn: hushed,
             muted, quiet]
      2: restrained in style or quality; "a little masterpiece of
         low-keyed eloquence" [syn: low-key, low-keyed]
      3: quieted and brought under control; "children were subdued
         and silent"
      4: lacking in light; not bright or harsh; "a dim light beside
         the bed"; "subdued lights and soft music" [syn: dim]