Definitions 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. To bring under; to conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to reduce under dominion; to vanquish.
  5. To overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush.
  6. To destroy the force of; to overcome; as, medicines subdue a fever.
  7. 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.
  8. To overcome, as by persuasion or other mild means; as, to subdue opposition by argument or entreaties.
  9. To reduce to tenderness; to melt; to soften; as, to subdue ferocity by tears.
  10. To make mellow; to break, as land; also, to destroy, as weeds.
  11. To reduce the intensity or degree of; to tone down; to soften; as, to subdue the brilliancy of colors.
  12. To overcome or conquer; reduce; lower; as, to subdue a fever; make gentle; tame; as, to subdue the passions; tone down; soften.
  13. To conquer: to bring under dominion: to render submissive: to tame: to soften.
  15. To conquer; tame; soften.
  16. To obtain dominion over, as by war or force; overpower; overcome.
  17. To render mild; soften; tame.
  18. To conquer by force; to reduce under dominion; to overpower; to tame; to render submissive; to reduce to mildness; to conquer by persuasion or other mild means; to captivate; to soften; to overcome; to make mellow; to destroy. See Subduce.
  19. To conquer by force or superior power; to reduce under dominion; to disable from further resistance; to fame; to overcome; to soften.

Usage examples for subdue

  1. I will subdue them because I am the master, because they owe me obedience by the rule of discipline without which there can be neither Church nor religion; but they oppose and disobey me. – The Shadow of the Cathedral by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
  2. We shall all have our work cut out to subdue piracy. – The Victory At Sea by William Sowden Sims Burton J. Hendrick
  3. The struggle was in herself, so deep that she could hardly understand it; as might be an effort to subdue the instinctive dread of a precipice. – Beyond by John Galsworthy
  4. Even if the territory had been exclusively that of Spain and her power complete over it, we had a right by the law of nations to follow the enemy on it and to subdue him there. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  5. Heavens and earth, if that girl once loved, there was a force that no opposition could subdue! – That Fortune by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  6. A double column of ships, if it presents to the enemy a battery formidable enough to subdue his fire, in whole or in part, shows a smaller target than the same number disposed in a single column; because the latter order will be twice as long in passing, with no greater display of gun- power at a particular point. – Admiral Farragut by A. T. Mahan
  7. I cried, striving to subdue my enthusiasm. – Police!!! by Robert W. Chambers
  8. Having found it impossible to subdue Antwerp by his rhetoric, Alexander proceeded with his bridge. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  9. Nay, I shall never make war upon you, Kari, unless you break your treaty with the Chancas and strive to subdue them. – The Virgin of the Sun by H. R. Haggard
  10. So one October day in 1687 he set out to visit this rebellious state and subdue it to his will. – This Country Of Ours by H. E. Marshall Author: Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
  11. I know, my darling mother, you could not wage war with his self- will so resolutely as to subdue it. – Catherine Booth A Sketch by Colonel Mildred Duff
  12. Therefore, we must look to the powers of the mind to subdue all other powers. – The Universe a Vast Electric Organism by George Woodward Warder
  13. With an army of that kind, Kernel, we could subdue the Southern Confederacy in 'sixty days, ' and make out Seward a prophet after all." – Letters of Major Jack Downing, of the Downingville Militia by Seba Smith
  14. We saw in history the persistent emergence of a human type so fully aware of this Reality as to subdue to its interests all the activities of life; ever seeking to incarnate its abiding values in the world of time. – The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day by Evelyn Underhill
  15. It has been my aim to subdue and tone down the persons introduced, and the general agencies of the narrative, into the lights and shadows of life as it is. – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  16. They little suspected, however, that the city whose name was then almost unknown would in less than a hundred years become strong enough to subdue them, and be mistress over all Greece. – The Story of the Greeks by H. A. Guerber
  17. Hernandarias, the Creole governor of Buenos Aires, who shares with Garay the honour of establishing the Spanish power in Argentina, and who had already defeated the Pampa Indians from the Great Chaco in the north to the Tandil Range in Buenos Aires province, attempted, in the early years of the seventeenth century, to subdue the Charruas. – The South American Republics Part I of II by Thomas C. Dawson
  18. Whilst the public lands, as a source of revenue, are of great importance, their importance is far greater as furnishing homes for a hardy and independent race of honest and industrious citizens who desire to subdue and cultivate the soil. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  19. With her knowledge of man- kind, she knew how to awaken and keep alive in Michael the only element in his character upon which she could work, the very element he strove to banish and subdue. – There was a King in Egypt by Norma Lorimer