sub·due /səbˈdu, ˈdju/
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.
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,
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]