- noting or designating a debt obligation whose holder is placed in precedence below secured and general creditors: subordinated debentures.
Origin of subordinated
- 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
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Antonyms for subordinate
Related Words for subordinatedconfound, disturb, dumbfound, bewilder, upset, puzzle, shock, confuse, overpower, swamp, demoralize, destroy, surprise, stun, overcome, steamroller, floor, wreck, shatter, stagger
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All else on his canvas is subordinated to the grim image of the colossal Puritan.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Everything of late years has been subordinated to this design.The Curse of Education
Harold E. Gorst
For the moment, he subordinated his personal problems to his wrath at Henry.Rope
Select parenthetical clauses and show how they are subordinated.The Ontario High School Reader
Every refining trait was subordinated to the exigencies of the gospel of force.The Sequel
George A. Taylor
- 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
Word Origin and History for subordinated
"to bring into a subordinate position," 1590s; see subordinate (adj.). Related: Subordinated; subordinating.