verb (used with object), sub·or·di·nat·ed, sub·or·di·nat·ing.
- subordinate clause,
- subordinated debt,
- subordinating conjunction,
Origin of subordinate
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|Seth Ferranti|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, the committee is composed of pastors who are subordinate to Driscoll and were not elected by their fellow pastors.
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|Olivia Nuzzi|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The individual, even if royal, was subordinate to a larger group.
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|Laurence Leamer|May 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The returns from the subordinate branches of this service exhibit a regularity and order highly creditable to its character.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents,|Edited by James D. Richardson
Rasay has written to Boswell an account of the injury done him by representing his house as subordinate to that of Dunvegan.Life Of Johnson, Volume 5|Boswell
You can have it subordinate if you like, but you have got to have it.The Story of a Play|W. D. Howells
Notwithstanding his recognition of a number of subordinate divinities, he held that the Divine is one, because Reason is one.Christianity and Greek Philosophy|Benjamin Franklin Cocker
These other members of the metamorphic series are, in this case, considered as subordinate to the true gneiss.A Manual of Elementary Geology|Charles Lyell.
verb (səˈbɔːdɪˌneɪt) (tr usually foll by to)
Word Origin for subordinate
mid-15c., from Medieval Latin subordinatus "placed in a lower order, made subject," past participle of subordinare "place in a lower order," from Latin sub "under" (see sub-) + ordinare "arrange" (see ordain). Related: Subordinance; subordinant.
"to bring into a subordinate position," 1590s; see subordinate (adj.). Related: Subordinated; subordinating.