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verb as in: subdued the opposition
Definition to control, prevent, or make less intense — sometimes through force
The exact meaning of subdue depends upon its context. For example:
  • "subdued a nation" — defeated militarily and brought under control
  • "subdued the fever" — made it less intense or defeated it
  • "subdued her enthusiasm" — made it less intense
  • "subdued her fears" — made them less intense or overcame them
  • "subdued my emotions" — kept them under control
  • "subdued the crowd" — quieted or controlled it
  • She was threatening people with a knife, but police used a Taser to subdue her.
subdue = overcome and control
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The government subdued the uprising.
  • subdued = put down or brought it under control
  • "Ladies and gentlemen," one of the guards called, "the rebels have been subdued."
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • subdued = brought under control
  • The fever was subdued; the fever had been his complaint; of course he would soon be well again.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • subdued = overcome (brought under control)
  • When her old self can be manifest without any controlling force subduing or restraining her, or inciting her to action.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • subduing = bringing under control
  • Slim gazed at him for a moment and then looked down at his hands; he subdued one hand with the other, and held it down.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • subdued = brought under control
  • At school that day everyone was subdued, even those who had opposed Benazir.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • subdued = quiet (of low intensity)
  • Subdued, I fixed my attention upon Reverend Sykes, who seemed to be waiting for me to settle down.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • subdued = under control
  • They elevated me from all littleness of feeling, and although they did not remove my grief, they subdued and tranquillized it.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • subdued = made less intense
  • Across the subdued children's heads Kit and Mercy faced their two visitors, Mr. Eleazer Kimberley, the schoolmaster, and the Reverend John Woodbridge.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
subdued = brought under control

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adjective as in: subdued colors
Definition not intense, or less active
The exact meaning of subdued depends upon its context. For example:
  • "subdued colors" — not too bright (soft, not intense)
  • "a subdued voice" — quiet; perhaps whispered
  • "a subdued mood" — quiet and less active; perhaps a bit sad or thoughtful
  • "subdued summer activity" — less active or busy than normal
  • The rooms are decorated with a subdued color palette to evoke feelings of comfort.
subdued = soft (not bright)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She was very upset this morning, but was more subdued and thoughtful when we talked this afternoon.
  • subdued = calm (not intense)
  • I prefer a restaurant that lends itself to subdued conversation.
  • subdued = quiet
  • Her dress was a subdued shade of yellow.
  • subdued = soft (not bright)
  • Two days later, when I arrived for our next meeting, he was subdued.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • subdued = calm (of low intensity)
  • When I reach the limb that supports the nest, the humming becomes more distinctive. But it's still oddly subdued if these are tracker jackers.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • subdued = mild or quiet
  • The assembly murmured in subdued agreement.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • subdued = quiet (of low intensity)
  • T.J., however, was surprisingly subdued when he settled into the wagon; I suppose that at three-thirty in the morning even T.J.'s mouth was tired.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • subdued = less intense
  • "By the way," he said in an even more subdued voice, "we aren't going to talk about this."
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • subdued = mild
  • Bep is also very subdued.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
subdued = quiet

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