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subdue

[ suhb-doo, -dyoo ]
/ səbˈdu, -ˈdyu /
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verb (used with object), sub·dued, sub·du·ing.

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Origin of subdue

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English so(b)duen, so(b)dewen, from unattested Anglo-French soduer “to overcome,” from Old French soduire “to deceive, seduce,” from Latin subdūcere “to withdraw”; meaning in English (and Anglo-French ) from Latin subdere “to place beneath, subdue”; see subduct
1. See defeat.
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British Dictionary definitions for subdue

subdue
/ (səbˈdjuː) /

verb -dues, -duing or -dued (tr)

to establish ascendancy over by force
to overcome and bring under control, as by intimidation or persuasion
to hold in check or repress (feelings, emotions, etc)
to render less intense or less conspicuous
subduable, adjectivesubduably, adverbsubdual, noun
C14 sobdue, from Old French soduire to mislead, from Latin subdūcere to remove; English sense influenced by Latin subdere to subject
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