What does the word subdue mean?

Usage examples for subdue

  1. " True enough, Phil Joyce; I know your meanin' well," said he, with an immense effort to subdue his passion. – St. Patrick's Eve by Charles James Lever
  2. Dimly, he wondered if man would ever subdue Mars, if the human race had not finally run across something bigger than itself. – Duel on Syrtis by Poul William Anderson
  3. I have heard what I cannot believe; yet, considering your former conduct, I have misgivings that I cannot subdue. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown