defeat or control
subdue - suppress
When you ‘subdue’ you exert force or will to reduce or vanquish somebody or something, or prevent something from happening. The word can also refer to a general reduction in intensity, particularly with regards to an atmosphere or a person’s mood or feelings, that might occur after an upset or disappointment. Commonly used in both a professional and social context.
After a night of pitched battles, the police managed to subdue the rioters which meant that the clean-up work could begin.
Due to current restrictions, the wedding was limited with regards to the number of guests, making it quite a subdued affair.
I was very nervous before giving my speech, but I did my best to subdue my fears so that it wouldn’t show.