- placed in or belonging to a lower order or rank.
- of less importance; secondary.
- subject to or under the authority of a superior.
- subservient or inferior.
- subject; dependent.
- acting as a modifier, as when I finished, which is subordinate to They were glad in They were glad when I finished.
- noting or pertaining to a subordinating conjunction.
- Obsolete. submissive.
- a subordinate person or thing.
- to place in a lower order or rank.
- to make secondary (usually followed by to): to subordinate work to pleasure.
- to make subject, subservient, or dependent (usually followed by to): to subordinate passion to reason.
Origin of subordinate
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Examples from the Web for subordinate
That is where the subordinate gangs like Big Hazard come in.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
December 11, 2014
Indeed, the committee is composed of pastors who are subordinate to Driscoll and were not elected by their fellow pastors.Another Mega Church Implodes
September 14, 2014
Tech PR firm OpenCommunications was hit with claims that its CEO made unwelcome advances toward a subordinate.Yahoo’s Accused Sexual Harasser Asked Women to Wear More Skirts at Work
July 14, 2014
The individual, even if royal, was subordinate to a larger group.Virgin Sacrifice and the Meaning of the Parthenon
February 12, 2014
He had control over even the smallest detail and most likely would have told his subordinate what to do.Laurence Leamer on Coal Baron Donald Blankenship’s Downfall
May 11, 2013
His subordinate officers may complain that they have had no fighting.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
His bitterness grew, and at last he turned on his subordinate.
So he came at last to the distant camp of his subordinate comrades.
But in the Phaedo the doctrine of ideas is subordinate to the proof of the immortality of the soul.Meno
A subordinate Grange for example is a community organization.The Farmer and His Community
- of lesser order or importance
- under the authority or control of anothera subordinate functionary
- a person or thing that is subordinate
- to put in a lower rank or position (than)
- to make subservientto subordinate mind to heart
Word Origin and History for subordinate
"to bring into a subordinate position," 1590s; see subordinate (adj.). Related: Subordinated; subordinating.