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subdue subdued
defeat or control
  • How to Memorize
    • subdue - suppress
  • Analysis

    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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  • Example(s)
    1. After a night of pitched battles, the police managed to subdue the rioters which meant that the clean-up work could begin.

    2. Due to current restrictions, the wedding was limited with regards to the number of guests, making it quite a subdued affair.

    3. I was very nervous before giving my speech, but I did my best to subdue my fears so that it wouldn’t show.