[ suhb-juh-geyt ]
/ ˈsʌb dʒəˌgeɪt /
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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.
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Origin of subjugate
OTHER WORDS FROM subjugate
sub·ju·ga·ble [suhb-juh-guh-buhl], /ˈsʌb dʒə gə bəl/, adjectivesub·ju·ga·tion, nounsub·ju·ga·tor, nounnon·sub·ju·ga·ble, adjective
self-sub·ju·gat·ing, adjectiveun·sub·ju·gat·ed, adjective
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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) /
to bring into subjection
to make subservient or submissive
Derived forms of subjugatesubjugable (ˈsʌbdʒəɡəbəl), adjectivesubjugation, nounsubjugator, noun
Word Origin for subjugate
C15: from Late Latin subjugāre to subdue, from Latin sub- + jugum yoke
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