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From Old French souduire (seduce), from Latin subdūcere (to draw away), perhaps influenced by Latin subdere (subdue, subject).


subdue (third-person singular simple present subdues, present participle subduing, simple past and past participle subdued)

  1. To overcome, quieten, or bring under control.
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, BBC:
      Gary Cahill, a target for Arsenal and Tottenham before the transfer window closed, put England ahead early on and Rooney was on target twice before the interval as the early hostility of the Bulgarian supporters was swiftly subdued.
  2. To bring (a country) under control by force.