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  • adj. Conquered; overpowered; crushed; submissive; mild.
  • adj. Not glaring in color; soft and light in tone.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of subdue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Conquered; overpowered; crushed; submissive; mild.
  • adj. Not glaring in color; soft in tone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. quieted and brought under control
  • adj. restrained in style or quality
  • adj. lacking in light; not bright or harsh
  • adj. in a softened tone
  • adj. not brilliant or glaring


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  • Susan and I turned to see Muller poking his head through the beads, his expression subdued.

    The Commander

  • Below: A study in subdued femininity -- a tailored oxford cloth shirtwaist dress with a surprise: a hand crocheted butterfly lace collar.

    Modest Feminine Dress From the Pages of 1990 Victoria Magazine

  • Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, said: Business activity rose at a faster rate than August, but the survey provided plenty of signs to suggest that this does not represent the start of a renewed upturn, and instead growth is set to remain subdued in the coming months.

    Fall in service sector orders fuels fear of double-dip recession

  • The 2010 second-half mortgage-lending figures will likely remain subdued compared with the unexpected recovery in the latter half of 2009, the Council of Mortgage Lenders reported.

    U.K. Public-Sector Borrowing Rises Steeply

  • Women should tone down makeup and go easy on the perfume; men are told to dress in subdued shades, and own at least three suits — for work, for summer and for weekends.

    Ukraine's Style Gets a Makeover

  • In WELLINGTON, New Zealand shares were drifting higher in subdued activity.

    Sydney Hits 5-Month High

  • Through rimless glasses, he looked out at the uniformed crowd and "Sons of Aloha" choir and spoke in subdued but clear sentences.

    In history of Hawaiian leaders, Daniel Inouye stands alone

  • It said that it still expects "inflation will remain subdued for some time" and said that it expects rates to remain near zero percent "for an extended period."

    Fed sees a bottom

  • "Respondents 'outlooks suggested sales and construction would remain subdued through year-end," the Fed said.

    Home prices rise more slowly than expected

  • Dick made signs for them to follow, and led the way through the dark-shadowed water into the crypt, where, treading water, they joined Paula in subdued whisperings and gigglings.



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  • subdued = mild

    September 4, 2013

  • Better TOEFL than Teufel, too.

    June 12, 2008

  • Prolagus, how did you know that I'm working on TOEFL books? Oh, wait--you're taking the TOEFL soon. :-)

    June 12, 2008

  • Better TOEFL than TOEJAMFUL.

    June 11, 2008

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    June 11, 2008

  • I'm unusually subdued tonight. Please explain in 30 words or less. Your time starts now.

    December 21, 2007