verb (used with object), sub·dued, sub·du·ing.
Origin of subdue
Examples from the Web for subduing
Once he lunged at a man trying to rob a convenience store, subduing him with his bare hands.Castro Street’s Hot Cop Is the Batman to Sexy Mug Shot Guy’s Joker|Itay Hod|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Manifestly Miss Longstreth had some difficulty in subduing her emotion.The Lone Star Ranger|Zane Grey
Having consolidated the Nejd, Saud was now ready to undertake the greater task of subduing and purifying the Moslem world.The New World of Islam|Lothrop Stoddard
Every means of subduing and restraining him was adopted; he was muzzled, blindfolded, and hobbled.
British Dictionary definitions for subduing
verb -dues, -duing or -dued (tr)
Word Origin for subdue
Word Origin and History for subduing
late 14c., "to conquer," from Old French souduire "deceive, seduce," from Latin subducere "draw, lead away, withdraw" (see subduce). The sense seems to have been taken in Anglo-French from Latin subdere. Subduct in the sense of "subtract" is from 1570s. Related: Subdued; subduing.