1. 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)
2. 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)
Origin: OE. Soduen, OF. Sosduire to seduce, L. Subtus below (fr. Sub under) + ducere to lead. See Duke, and cf. Subduct.
(01 Mar 1998)
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