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    Default a few collocations of "subdue"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you share with me you opinion concerning the usage of the “subdue” in the following sentences?

    I will subdue all thine enemies.

    subdue = to conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection

    Farmers subdued the arid lands of Australia.

    subdue = reclaim land

    The enemy fire was subdued.

    He was quite subdued.

    He was unusually subdued that night.

    subdue = become humble, soften; make quiet or less strong

    Nothing could have subdued nature to such lowness, but his unkind daughters.

    subdue = to overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush

    He subdued her foolish fears

    To subdue the symptoms of hay fever, folk medicine practitioners often suggest that their patients smoke coffee grounds in a pipe and inhale the smoke.

    subdue = to destroy the force of; to overcome; as, medicines subdue a fever

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    Default Re: a few collocations of "subdue"

    Farmers subdued the arid lands of Australia
    To me, this is cultivating rather than reclaiming, which is, for example, building dykes to keep the sea back so that the land underneath can be used. I don't see how they're reclaiming the land- I think it just means that they turned arid wild lands into farmland.

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    Default Re: a few collocations of "subdue"

    "Farmers subdued the arid lands of Australia. "


    Hi Tdol,


    Thank you for your kindness.


    Probably you have good reason to amend my original interpretation?

    Have you ever heard the like as “development of new soil (virgin land)”? What do you think about the millions of American pioneers? To my thinking “subdue” is the right verb for their “pleasing to God” exploit.

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    Default Re: a few collocations of "subdue"

    I think that it would have to involve a struggle against nature to make the land work. It be clearing the land, irrigating it, etc, but to subdue the land, it would have to be unwilling to let you farm it. If you simply stick some seeds in the ground and have crops, that wouldn't be subduing the land to me.

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