subdue

/səbˈduː/

  • Verb
  • to get control of (a violent or dangerous person or group) by using force, punishment, etc.
    1. The troops were finally able to subdue the rebel forces after many days of fighting.
    2. He was injured while trying to subdue a violent drunk.
  • to get control of (something, such as a strong emotion)
    1. She struggled to subdue her fears.