[ suhb-juh-geyt ]
See synonyms for: subjugatesubjugated on

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.

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

Other words for subjugate

Other words from subjugate

  • sub·ju·ga·ble [suhb-juh-guh-buhl], /ˈsʌb dʒə gə bəl/, adjective
  • sub·ju·ga·tion, noun
  • sub·ju·ga·tor, noun
  • non·sub·ju·ga·ble, adjective
  • self-sub·ju·gat·ing, adjective
  • un·sub·ju·gat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use subjugate in a sentence

  • Mr. Hartopp felt not only mortified but subjugated,—he who had hitherto been the soft subjugator of the hardest.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for subjugate


/ (ˈsʌbdʒʊˌɡeɪt) /

  1. to bring into subjection

  2. to make subservient or submissive

Origin of subjugate

C15: from Late Latin subjugāre to subdue, from Latin sub- + jugum yoke

Derived forms of subjugate

  • subjugable (ˈsʌbdʒəɡəbəl), adjective
  • subjugation, noun
  • subjugator, noun

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