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subjugate

[suhb-juh-geyt]
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verb (used with object), sub·ju·gat·ed, sub·ju·gat·ing.
  1. to bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master.
  2. to make submissive or subservient; enslave.
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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
Related formssub·ju·ga·ble [suhb-juh-guh-buhl] /ˈsʌb dʒə gə bəl/, adjectivesub·ju·ga·tion, nounsub·ju·ga·tor, nounnon·sub·ju·ga·ble, adjectiveself-sub·ju·gat·ing, adjectiveun·sub·ju·gat·ed, adjective

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Related Words for subjugate

enslave, conquer, force, enthrall, subdue, suppress, compel, reduce, rule, tame, crush, coerce, quell, triumph, overthrow, overcome, vanquish

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British Dictionary definitions for subjugate

subjugate

verb (tr)
  1. to bring into subjection
  2. to make subservient or submissive
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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

v.

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

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