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subdue
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Harry Potter (#4) and the Goblet of Fire
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as in: subdue opposition Define
to control or put down by force or intimidation
  • They walked three times around the lake, trying all the way to think of a simple spell that would subdue a dragon.
  • My father had to use a number of spells to subdue me.

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  • Harry saw the dragon keepers rushing forward to subdue the Horntail, and, over at the entrance to the enclosure, Professor McGonagalh, Professor Moody, and Hagrid hurrying to meet him, all of them waving him toward them, their smiles evident even from this distance.
  • "How did your father subdue you?" said Dumbledore.
  • We managed to subdue him just in time.

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  • She was threatening people with a knife, but police used a Taser to subdue her.
  • The government subdued the uprising.

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unspecified meaning
  • Theirs had been the most subdued table before he had gotten to his feet, and theirs were still the saddest and palest faces in the Hall.

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as in: subdue opposition Define
to control or put down by force or intimidation
as in: subdued colors Define
to reduce the intensity of something -- such as colors, light, conversation, or mood or in the form subdued: describing something of low intensity
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