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subduedadjective

uk   /səbˈdjuːd/  us   /-ˈduːd/
  • subdued adjective (NOT STRONG)

If a ​colour or ​light is subdued, it is not very ​bright: subdued ​lighting If a ​noise is subdued, it is not ​loud: subdued ​laughter/​cheers
(Definition of subdued from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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subduedadjective

 us   /səbˈdud/
(of ​color or ​light) not very ​bright, or (of ​sound) not very ​loud: a subdued ​voice a subdued chalk-stripe ​suit A ​person who is subdued is ​unusuallyquiet: Most of the ​fans were subdued, ​quietlywaiting for the ​race to ​start.
(Definition of subdued from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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