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verb [transitive] subdue pronunciation in American English /səbˈdu/
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present tense
I/you/we/theysubdue
he/she/itsubdues
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 a.d., 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.

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