sub·ju·gate / ˈsəbjəˌgāt/ • v. [tr.] bring under domination or control, esp. by conquest: the invaders had soon subjugated most of the native population. ∎ (subjugate someone/something to) make someone or something subordinate to: the new ruler firmly subjugated the Church to the state. DERIVATIVES: sub·ju·ga·tion / ˌsəbjəˈgāshən/ n. sub·ju·ga·tor / -ˌgātər/ n.