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Video footage: Cowboys attempt to capture and subdue a horse that had thrown its rider in an earlier incident during a 1920s rodeo. (1920s)
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Definition of the verb subdue

What does subdue mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: subdued | subduing | subdues

  1. put down by force or intimidation
  2. bring under control by force or authority
  3. hold within limits and control
  4. get on top of; deal with successfully
  5. make subordinate, dependent, or subservient
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of subdue: subordinate
    • more generic words: lour / lower = set lower
  6. correct by punishment or discipline
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of subdue: chasten / tame
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different

Alternative definition of the verb subdue


  1. To overcome, quieten, or bring under control.
  2. To bring (a country) under control by force.

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Google previewMy Concern: Reflections of a Sensitive Mind

To subdue means to conquer, overcome, have dominion and take total control. That is God's commandment to man, to have absolute control over the entire heavens and earth: the ground and under the ground, the rivers, the seas and the oceans and all that are contained in them; the air, atmosphere, the sky and beyond. To be able to accomplish this wondrous task, man at the initial stage needed knowledge to understand, explore and handle all that God created and handed over to ...

Google previewAltared Ego (2010)

by H. Adrian Sexton

Subdue other creatures and exercise dominion. Let's look at that part a little deeper. To subdue means to conquer. To...

Google previewEnglish and Cantonese Dictionary (1907)

by John Chalmers, Thomas Kirkman Dealy

Subdue, телу- 1111111 ...

Google previewA comprehensive dictionary of English synonymes (1835)

by William Carpenter

To Overbear — bear down, overpower, overwhelm, subdue. Overbearing — imperious, lordly, domineering. To Overcome — conquer, vanquish, subdue, surmount. To Overflow — inundate, deluge. To Overpower — overbear, bear down, overwhelm ; defeat, overthrow, subdue, rout. To Overrule — supersede. Overruling — prevailing, predominant, prevalent. To Overrun — overspread, ravage. Oversight — inadvertency, inattention ; inspection, ...

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Cadets subdue a suspect during training

100117-F-7367Y-057 KABUL- Cadets subdue a suspect during training at the Afghan National Police Academy (ANPA). The ANPA has recently started to train cadets in an accelerated, six-month course due to high demand for more law enforcement officers throughout Afghanistan. The Academy trains men and women from more than 34 provinces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brian Ybarbo)

Photo credit: NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan

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Quotes about subdue

Strong feelings do not necessarily make a strong character. The strength of a man is to be measured by the power of the feelings he subdues not by the power of those which subdue him. (William Carleton)
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Scrabble value of S1U1B3D2U1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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