[ suhb-juh-geyt ]
/ ˈsʌb dʒəˌgeɪt /

verb (used with object), sub·ju·gat·ed, sub·ju·gat·ing.

to bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master.
to make submissive or subservient; enslave.

Origin of subjugate

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin subjugātus, past participle of subjugāre to subjugate, equivalent to sub- sub- + jug(um) yoke1 + -ātus -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for subjugate


/ (ˈsʌbdʒʊˌɡeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to bring into subjection
to make subservient or submissive
Derived Formssubjugable (ˈsʌbdʒəɡəbəl), adjectivesubjugation, nounsubjugator, noun

Word Origin for subjugate

C15: from Late Latin subjugāre to subdue, from Latin sub- + jugum yoke
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Word Origin and History for subjugate



early 15c., from Latin subjugatus, past participle of subjugare (see subjugation). Related: Subjugated; subjugating.

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