used in Unbroken by Hillenbrand
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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
- A group of men would figure out how to overpower the Bird, who was quite fit and would be difficult to subdue.
- Nearly every afternoon, he commuted home to coach Louie, running alongside him, subduing the jimmying elbows and teaching him strategy.
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