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verb [transitive]     subdue pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesubduing
past tensesubdued
past participlesubdued
  1. 1
    to hold someone and make them stop behaving in an uncontrolled or violent way

    It took three police officers to subdue him.

  2. 2
    formal to defeat a place or a group of people, and to take control of them

    By 47 ad, the Romans had finally subdued the rebels.

  3. 3
    formal to control an emotion that you feel

    She subdued the urge to run after him.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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