To win a victory over, as in battle or a competition
To make or become less severe or extreme
To bring under control
To tone down
Ali was obliged to subdue him, a task which he effected not without difficulty.
After this Suleiman set out to subdue his brother Masud Shah, at Angora, who was finally taken prisoner and treacherously murdered.
More than one of the Danish kings made serious attempts to subdue them.
It should attack and subdue the air, and never give the air an opportunity of attacking or subduing it.
How, then, subdue the rivalry?