- v put down by force or intimidation
- v to put down by force or authority
- v hold within limits and control
subdue one's appetites
- v get on top of; deal with successfully
- v make subordinate, dependent, or subservient
- v correct by punishment or discipline
- Sergeant Stacey Koon fired two shots into King with a TASER gun, and after that failed to subdue him, the officers, including Laurence Powell, beat him mercilessly with their batons.
- He added that John Paul Jones, the naval hero of the Revolutionary War, "with half a dozen frigates" could subdue the slave kingdoms of North Africa.
- But if Togliatti could subdue the party regulars inside the hall, a more resounding verdict was delivered outside.
- Mark Shields in International Herald Tribune
Because Bob was a large man, it would have taken some significant force to subdue him, but of course at this stage we do not know how many people were in the room,Shields told reporters. "It could be one or more people involved in this...
- Viktor Yushchenko in Fox40
This was not death through hunger - this was murder of people through hunger,a black-clad Yushchenko said in a speech. "Hunger was selected as a tool to subdue the Ukrainian people."
- Bennie Thompson in AFP
We are forever indebted to the heroic passengers and flight attendants who sought to subdue the suspect,said Bennie Thompson, chairman of the homeland security committee in the House of Representatives.