- 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.
verb (used with object), sub·or·di·nat·ed, sub·or·di·nat·ing.
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verb (səˈbɔːdɪˌneɪt) (tr usually foll by to)
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.)