Subdue

Definition of Subdue

Sub`due´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Subdued ; p. pr. & vb. n. Subduing.]
I will subdue all thine enemies.
- 1 Chron. xvii. 10.
2.To overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush.
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.

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