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English verb: subdue

1. subdue (social) put down by force or intimidation


SamplesThe government quashes any attempt of an uprising.
China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently.
The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land.


Synonymskeep down, quash, reduce, repress, subjugate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
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Broader (hypernym)crush, oppress, suppress

2. subdue (change) to put down by force or authority


SamplesSuppress a nascent uprising.
Stamp down on littering.
Conquer one's desires.


Synonymsconquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, suppress


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
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Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate


Narrower (hyponym)blink, blink away, burke, choke back, choke down, choke off, dampen, hush, hush up, muffle, quell, quench, quieten, repress, shut up, silence, silence, smother, squelch, stifle, stifle, still, strangle, wink

3. subdue (emotion) hold within limits and control


SamplesSubdue one's appetites.
Mortify the flesh.


Synonymscrucify, mortify


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
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Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate


Narrower (hyponym)mortify


Entailabstain, desist, refrain

4. subdue (competition) get on top of; deal with successfully


SamplesHe overcame his shyness.


Synonymsget over, master, overcome, surmount


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish


Narrower (hyponym)bulldog

5. subdue (change) make subordinate, dependent, or subservient


SamplesOur wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler.


Synonymssubordinate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
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Broader (hypernym)lour, lower

6. subdue (change) correct by punishment or discipline


Synonymschasten, tame


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
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Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify









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