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

 

Hyponyms: wink, blink, blink away, stifle, dampen, choke off, choke down, choke back, hush, quieten, silence, still, shut up, hush up, burke, squelch, quell, quench, smother, strangle, muffle, repress, bulldog, mortify

 

Entailments: abstain, refrain, desist

 

Derivational Morphology: conqueror, vanquisher, conquest, conquering, subjection, subjugation, subduer, surmounter, overcomer, prohibition, inhibition, forbiddance, suppression, crushing, quelling, stifling, curtailment, suppressor, suppresser, subordinate, subsidiary, underling, foot soldier, mastery, subordination, mortification, repression

 

 
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