Pronunciation: (sub-dOO', -dyOO'),[key] —v.t.,-dued, -du•ing. 1. to conquer and bring into subjection: Rome subdued Gaul. 2. to overpower by superior force; overcome.
3. to bring under mental or emotional control, as by persuasion or intimidation; render submissive.
4. to repress (feelings, impulses, etc.).
5. to bring (land) under cultivation: to subdue the wilderness. 6. to reduce the intensity, force, or vividness of (sound, light, color, etc.); tone down; soften.
7. to allay (inflammation, infection, etc.).