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[suhb-juh-geyt] /ˈsʌb dʒəˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), subjugated, subjugating.
to bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master.
to make submissive or subservient; enslave.
Origin of subjugate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin subjugātus, past participle of subjugāre to subjugate, equivalent to sub- sub- + jug(um) yoke1 + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[suhb-juh-guh-buh l] /ˈsʌb dʒə gə bəl/ (Show IPA),
subjugation, noun
subjugator, noun
nonsubjugable, adjective
self-subjugating, adjective
unsubjugated, adjective
1, 2. overcome, vanquish, reduce, overpower. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for subjugate
  • Such powers have spheres of influence and subjugate lesser powers.
  • We understand that certain groups seek to subjugate others militarily or economically.
  • Terror was used purposefully and more or less indiscriminately to subjugate the entire population.
  • None of these views is meant to be disrespectful or trivial or to subjugate the beliefs of any group to those of any other group.
British Dictionary definitions for subjugate


verb (transitive)
to bring into subjection
to make subservient or submissive
Derived Forms
subjugable (ˈsʌbdʒəɡəbəl) adjective
subjugation, noun
subjugator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin subjugāre to subdue, from Latin sub- + jugum yoke
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Word Origin and History for subjugate

early 15c., from Latin subjugatus, past participle of subjugare (see subjugation). Related: Subjugated; subjugating.

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