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

 sub·due /səbˈdu, ˈdju/
 (vt.)使服從,壓製,減弱,抑制,克制

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: WordNet (r) 2.0

 subdue
      v 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" [syn: repress,
            quash, keep down, subjugate, reduce]
      2: to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent
         uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's
         desires" [syn: suppress, stamp down, inhibit, conquer,
          curb]
      3: hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites";
         "mortify the flesh" [syn: mortify, cricify]
      4: get on top of; deal with successfully; "He overcame his
         shyness" [syn: overcome, get over, surmount, master]
      5: make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; "Our wishes
         have to be subordinated to that of our ruler" [syn: subordinate]
      6: correct by punishment or discipline [syn: tame, chasten]