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English definition of “subdue”

subdue

verb [T]     /səbˈdjuː/ US  /-ˈduː/
to reduce the force of something, or to prevent something from existing or developing: The fire burned for eight hours before the fire crews could subdue it. He criticized the school for trying to subdue individual expression.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restrictingBecoming and making less strong
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