V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to bring something under control, often by force; 2. to make something less intense

Synonyms: suppress, repress, control, restrain, conquer, soften, curb, diffuse, calm, overpower, quell


Tips: When you subdue something, you gain control over it and suppress it, often by force.

Usage Examples:

I was able to subdue my hunger by having a little snack. (curb, diffuse)

The military subdued insurgent forces by surrounding and restraining them. (conquered, overpowered)

I subdued my laughter, because I didn't think it was appropriate to laugh at that moment. (suppressed, restrained)

Try to subdue your anger, and look at things from her point of view. (calm, control)

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