Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
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.
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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.