[ adjective, noun suh-bawr-dn-it; verb suh-bawr-dn-eyt ]
/ adjective, noun s蓹藞b蓴r dn 瑟t; verb s蓹藞b蓴r dn藢e瑟t /
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a subordinate person or thing.
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Origin of subordinate

First recorded in 1425鈥75; late Middle English adjective subordynat, from Medieval Latin sub艒rdin膩tus, past participle of sub艒rdin膩re 鈥渢o subordinate,鈥 equivalent to Latin sub- 鈥渦nder, below, beneath鈥 + 艒rdin- (stem of 艒rd艒 ) 鈥渞ank, order鈥 + -膩tus past participle suffix; see sub-, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for subordinate


adjective (s蓹藞b蓴藧d瑟n瑟t)
of lesser order or importance
under the authority or control of anothera subordinate functionary
noun (s蓹藞b蓴藧d瑟n瑟t)
a person or thing that is subordinate
verb (s蓹藞b蓴藧d瑟藢ne瑟t) (tr usually foll by to)
to put in a lower rank or position (than)
to make subservientto subordinate mind to heart

Derived forms of subordinate

subordinately, adverbsubordination or subordinateness, nounsubordinative, adjective

Word Origin for subordinate

C15: from Medieval Latin subordin膩re, from Latin sub- + ord艒 rank
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