subordinate

[adjective, noun suh-bawr-dn-it; verb suh-bawr-dn-eyt]

adjective

noun

a subordinate person or thing.

verb (used with object), sub·or·di·nat·ed, sub·or·di·nat·ing.


Nearby words

  1. suboptimal,
  2. suborbital,
  3. suborder,
  4. subordinal,
  5. subordinary,
  6. subordinate clause,
  7. subordinated,
  8. subordinated debt,
  9. subordinating conjunction,
  10. subordination

Origin of subordinate

1425–75; late Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin subōrdinātus past participle of subōrdināre to subordinate, equivalent to Latin sub- sub- + ōrdin- (stem of ōrdō) rank, order + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for subordinate

subordinate

adjective (səˈbɔːdɪnɪt)

of lesser order or importance
under the authority or control of anothera subordinate functionary

noun (səˈbɔːdɪnɪt)

a person or thing that is subordinate

verb (səˈbɔːdɪˌneɪt) (tr usually foll by to)

to put in a lower rank or position (than)
to make subservientto subordinate mind to heart
Derived Formssubordinately, adverbsubordination or subordinateness, nounsubordinative, adjective

Word Origin for subordinate

C15: from Medieval Latin subordināre, from Latin sub- + ordō rank

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Word Origin and History for subordinate
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