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subjugate to (someone or something)

1. To conquer someone according to the whims or dominion of someone else, especially through the use of military force. A noun or pronoun is used between "subjugate" and "to." Soldiers have spread throughout the country, subjugating the people to the self-proclaimed emperor.
2. To have something be subject to or under the dominion of something else. A noun or pronoun is used between "subjugate" and "to"; often used in passive constructions. Everyone's generosity and magnanimity are inevitably subjugated to their own demands of survival and self-preservation. You cannot subjugate people's religious faith to the demands of the government.
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subjugate someone to someone

to suppress someone in someone else's favor. The army sought to subjugate everyone to the king.
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"His comments in 2001 were aimed at those who are so radical that they would kill innocent people and subjugate women in the name of religion," Palin wrote on her Facebook page.
The folks who peaceably demonstrated in Seattle have seen the net effect of the globalization constructed through the intercession of entities such as the WTO, a globalization that elevates free trade to an idolatry and subjugates humankind to corporate and economic interest.