To bring under; to conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to reduce under dominion; to vanquish.
- To conquer and subjugate; vanquish. See Synonyms at defeat.
- To quiet or bring under control by physical force or persuasion; make tractable.
- To make less intense or prominent; tone down: subdued my excitement about the upcoming holiday.
- To bring (land) under cultivation: Farmers subdued the arid lands of Australia.