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Dictionary definition for: Subdue

1. (v) put down by force or intimidation; "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising" "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently" "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"

2. (v) to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising" "stamp down on littering" "conquer one''s desires"

3. (v) hold within limits and control; "subdue one''s appetites" "mortify the flesh"

4. (v) get on top of; deal with successfully; "He overcame his shyness"

5. (v) make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"

6. (v) correct by punishment or discipline

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