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.
v put down by force or intimidation
v to put down by force or authority
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blink, blink away, wink
force to go away by blinking
smother or suppress
choke back, choke down, choke off
hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
cause to be quiet or not talk
get rid of, silence, or suppress
keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
quell, quench, squelch
suppress or crush completely
muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangle
conceal or hide
silence (someone) by uttering `shush!'
suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
calm down, lull
become quiet or less intensive
silence or overwhelm by shouting
prevent from speaking out