Part of speech: verb

To obtain dominion over, as by war or force; overpower; overcome.

Part of speech: verb

To render mild; soften; tame.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Charles Brockden Brown.