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subjugate

[ 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

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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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.

British Dictionary definitions for subjugate

subjugate
/ (ˈsʌbdʒʊˌɡeɪt) /

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

Derived forms of subjugate

subjugable (ˈsʌbdʒəɡəbəl), adjectivesubjugation, nounsubjugator, noun

Word Origin for subjugate

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