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subdue
used in The Witch of Blackbird Pond

2 uses
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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
  • Across the subdued children's heads Kit and Mercy faced their two visitors, Mr. Eleazer Kimberley, the schoolmaster, and the Reverend John Woodbridge.
    p. 88.8
subdued = brought under control
  • Once when the Royalists were trying to hold Bridgetown, Barbados, Parliament sent a troopship and subdued them in no time.
    p. 157.0
subdued = brought under control
There are no more uses of "subdue" in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

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