transitive verb (-gated; -gating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin subjugatus, past participle of subjugare, from sub- + jugum yoke — more at yoke Date: 15th century 1. to bring under control and governance as a subject ; conquer 2. to make submissive ; subduesubjugation nounsubjugator noun

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  • Subjugate — Sub ju*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Subjugated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Subjugating}.] [L. subjugatus, p. p. of subjugare to subjugate; sub under + jugum a yoke. See {Yoke}.] To subdue, and bring under the yoke of power or dominion; to conquer by force,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • subjugate — I verb beat, bring to terms, command, conquer, control, crush, defeat, dominate, enslave, enthrall, govern, hold captive, hold in bondage, hold sway over, humble, master, overbear, overcome, overpower, overrule, overthrow, overwhelm, put down,… …   Law dictionary

  • subjugate — (v.) early 15c., from L. subjugatus, pp. of subjugare (see SUBJUGATION (Cf. subjugation)). Related: Subjugated; subjugating …   Etymology dictionary

  • subjugate — *subdue, reduce, overcome, surmount, overthrow, rout, *conquer, vanquish, defeat, beat, lick Analogous words: circumvent, outwit, foil, thwart, *frustrate: compel, coerce, *force …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • subjugate — [v] overpower, defeat bear down, beat down, bring to heel*, bring to knees*, coerce, compel, conquer, crush, enslave, enthrall, force, hold sway, keep under thumb*, kick around*, overcome, overthrow, put down, quell, reduce, reel back in*, rule,… …   New thesaurus

  • subjugate — ► VERB ▪ bring under domination or control, especially by conquest. DERIVATIVES subjugation noun. ORIGIN Latin subjugare bring under a yoke , from jugum yoke …   English terms dictionary

  • subjugate — [sub′jə gāt΄] vt. subjugated, subjugating [ME subiugaten < L subjugatus, pp. of subjugare, to bring under the yoke < sub , under + jugum,YOKE] 1. to bring under control or subjection; conquer 2. to cause to become subservient; subdue SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • subjugate — v. (D; tr.) to subjugate to * * * [ sʌbdʒʊgeɪt] (D; tr.) to subjugate to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • subjugate — UK [ˈsʌbdʒʊɡeɪt] / US [ˈsʌbdʒəˌɡeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms subjugate : present tense I/you/we/they subjugate he/she/it subjugates present participle subjugating past tense subjugated past participle subjugated to defeat a place or a group… …   English dictionary

  • subjugate — subjugable /sub jeuh geuh beuhl/, adj. subjugation, n. subjugator, n. /sub jeuh gayt /, v.t., subjugated, subjugating. 1. to bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master. 2. to make submissive or subservient; enslave. [1400 50;… …   Universalium

  • subjugate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. conquer, vanquish, master, subdue; overthrow; enslave. See subjection. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To subdue] Syn. suppress, enslave, master; see defeat 1 , hinder , restrain 1 , subject . 2. [To… …   English dictionary for students

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