- 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
Synonyms for subordinate
Antonyms for subordinate
- 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 for subordinate
mid-15c., subordinacioun "hierarchical arrangement," from Medieval Latin subordinationem (nominative subordinatio), noun of action from subordinatus (see subordinate (adj.)).
"to bring into a subordinate position," 1590s; see subordinate (adj.). Related: Subordinated; subordinating.
The use of expressions that make one element of a sentence dependent on another. In the following sentence, the first (italicized) clause (also called a subordinate clause) is subordinate to the second clause: “Despite all efforts toward a peaceful settlement of the dispute, war finally broke out.” (Compare coordination, dependent clause, and independent clause.)