Synonyms for subdue

Synonyms for (verb) subdue

Synonyms: chasten, tame, subdue

Definition: correct by punishment or discipline

Similar words: alter, change, modify

Definition: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

Usage: The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city; The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue


Synonyms: inhibit, curb, conquer, stamp down, subdue, suppress

Definition: to put down by force or authority

Usage: suppress a nascent uprising; stamp down on littering; conquer one's desires

Similar words: contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, check, moderate

Definition: lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

Usage: moderate your alcohol intake; hold your tongue; hold your temper; control your anger


Synonyms: subdue, subordinate

Definition: make subordinate, dependent, or subservient

Usage: Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler

Similar words: lour, lower

Definition: set lower

Usage: lower a rating; lower expectations


Synonyms: get over, master, overcome, subdue, surmount

Definition: get on top of; deal with successfully

Usage: He overcame his shyness

Similar words: trounce, crush, vanquish, shell, beat, beat out

Definition: come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

Usage: Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship; We beat the competition; Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game


Synonyms: crucify, subdue, mortify

Definition: hold within limits and control

Usage: subdue one's appetites; mortify the flesh

Similar words: contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, check, moderate

Definition: lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

Usage: moderate your alcohol intake; hold your tongue; hold your temper; control your anger


Synonyms: subdue, subjugate, quash, reduce, repress, keep down

Definition: put down by force or intimidation

Usage: The government quashes any attempt of an uprising; China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently; The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land

Similar words: crush, suppress, oppress

Definition: come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

Usage: The government oppresses political activists