Definition of 'subdue'
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England were ineffective and strangely subdued yesterday. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Pay growth is so subdued as to be almost surreal. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The engine note is relatively subdued at lower revs and the ride is firm but compliant. Times, Sunday Times (2006)But the second half was a strangely subdued affair. The Sun (2010)It is expected to show rising unemployment helping to keep earnings growth relatively subdued. Times, Sunday Times (2006)There will be more measures in the next few years and these will continue to keep growth subdued. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But he was strangely subdued last week as he delivered what was widely viewed as a profit warning. Times, Sunday Times (2013)For a man drawn to the flame, this was an unusually subdued afternoon. Times, Sunday Times (2008)By the end, riot police had to subdue parts of the crowd. Christianity Today (2000)With unemployment expected to keep rising, wage growth should remain subdued. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The share price reaction to this week's news was relatively subdued. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Yet the Longleat story was also strangely subdued. Times, Sunday Times (2015)To be sure, we expect wage and employment growth to remain subdued. Times, Sunday Times (2012)This was a strangely subdued performance from Palace. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The Japanese economy has continued to struggle and growth remains subdued. Times, Sunday Times (2015)They showed far more attacking intent than a strangely subdued Everton. The Sun (2013)For the rank and file, pay growth remains subdued. Times, Sunday Times (2011)If not, it can feel strangely subdued. Times, Sunday Times (2010)As a result, the figures are set to show that earnings growth remains subdued. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The atmosphere was strangely subdued. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Pay growth has remained subdued. Times, Sunday Times (2008)In panic, they are resorting to the tactics of their former oppressors: using heavily armed police to physically subdue the population. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Was relatively subdued before suffering what appeared to be a troublesome knee injury midway through the second half, which will cause England considerable consternation. Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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Translations for 'subdue'
British English: subdue VERB
If soldiers or the police subdue a group of people, they defeat them or bring them under control by using force.
Senior government officials admit they have not been able to subdue the rebels.
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