AskDefine | Define subdue

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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]

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  1. To overcome, quieten, or bring under control.
  2. To bring (a country) under control by force.


To overcome, quieten, bring under control
To bring (a country) under control by force

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