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subdue
used in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

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1  —1 use
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
  • But if people imagined that Bree's failed marriage would subdue her, they were wrong.
    p. 40.8

There are no more uses of "subdue" flagged with this meaning in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.

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  • Tomorrow would he quiet, the world subdued and fragile, until the neighborhood children came out to break the stillness with their tracks and shouts and joy.
    p. 9.2

There are no more uses of "subdue" in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.

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