1subdued lighting, colours etc are less bright than usual [= gentle]
2a person that is subdued is unusually quiet and possibly unhappy:
Richard seems very subdued tonight.
a subdued manner
'Oh,' she said in a subdued voice.
3an activity that is subdued does not have as much excitement as you would expect [≠ lively]:
The housing market is fairly subdued.
4a sound that is subdued is quieter than usual
WORD FOCUS: quiet WORD FOCUS: quiet voice, sound:low , soft, muffled, hushed, subdued place:peaceful, calm, sleepy, tranquil completely quiet:silent, you could hear a pin drop what you say when you want someone to be quiet:sh, shut upnot polite, be quiet, keep it downBrE informal ➔ See alsoquiet
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.