subdue-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Put down by force, intimidation, or authority, as of a person; correct by punishment or discipline.

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[agent] SUBDUE NP2
NOTE: Use this sense for all instances of one human being (or group) acting with authority over another human being or group.

The government subdues any attempt of an uprising.
Our wishes have to be subdued to those of the ruler.
The police subdued the suspect and placed him in handcuffs.

VerbNet: subjugate-42.3
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: subdue.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 5, 6

Sense Number 2: Hold within limits and control, deal with successfully, as of a task or object.

He subdued his shyness.
He reignited the inflation that Thatcher had subdued.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3, 4