subdue

To subdue is to hold back, put down, or defeat. A Doberman can be subdued with a bone, but subduing a yapping toy poodle can be a mail carrier's greatest daily challenge.

You can use the verb subdue in ways ranging from subtle to very forceful. If someone is angry, you might subdue him with kind words that overcome his anger. If someone is coming at you with a giant karate chop, you may be able to subdue her with a secret weapon — a knee-snap–heel-kick-floor-drop. Sub-, as in submarine means "below" and subdue means to bring low — to keep down literally or to calm down emotionally.

DEFINITIONS OF: subdue

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v put down by force or intimidation

Synonyms:
keep down, quash, reduce, repress, subjugate
Type of:
crush, oppress, suppress
come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

v to put down by force or authority

Synonyms:
conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, suppress
Types:
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blink, blink away, wink
force to go away by blinking
dampen, stifle
smother or suppress
choke back, choke down, choke off
suppress
hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
cause to be quiet or not talk
burke
get rid of, silence, or suppress
silence
keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
quell, quench, squelch
suppress or crush completely
muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangle
conceal or hide
shush
silence (someone) by uttering `shush!'
choke, suffocate
suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
calm down, lull
become quiet or less intensive
shout down
silence or overwhelm by shouting
gag, muzzle
prevent from speaking out
Type of:
check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

v hold within limits and control

subdue one's appetites”
Synonyms:
crucify, mortify
Types:
mortify
practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
Type of:
check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

v correct by punishment or discipline

Synonyms:
chasten, tame
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v get on top of; deal with successfully

Synonyms:
get over, master, overcome, surmount
Types:
bulldog
throw a steer by seizing the horns and twisting the neck, as in a rodeo
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

v make subordinate, dependent, or subservient

Synonyms:
subordinate
Type of:
lour, lower
set lower
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