Sub*due" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Subdued (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Subduing.] [OE. soduen, OF. sosduire to seduce, L. subtus below (fr. sub under) + ducere to lead. See Duke, and cf. Subduct.]


To bring under; to conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to reduce under dominion; to vanquish.

I will subdue all thine enemies. 1 Chron. xvii. 10.


To overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush.

Nothing could have subdued nature To such a lowness, but his unkind daughters. Shak.

If aught . . . were worthy to subdue The soul of man. Milton.


To destroy the force of; to overcome; as, medicines subdue a fever.


To render submissive; to bring under command; to reduce to mildness or obedience; to tame; as, to subdue a stubborn child; to subdue the temper or passions.


To overcome, as by persuasion or other mild means; as, to subdue opposition by argument or entreaties.


To reduce to tenderness; to melt; to soften; as, to subdue ferocity by tears.


To make mellow; to break, as land; also, to destroy, as weeds.


To reduce the intensity or degree of; to tone down; to soften; as, to subdue the brilliancy of colors.

Syn. -- To conquer; overpower; overcome; surmount; vanquish. See Conquer.


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