subordinating conjunction

or subordinate conjunction


noun Grammar.

a conjunction introducing a subordinate clause, as when in They were glad when I finished.

Nearby words

  1. subordinary,
  2. subordinate,
  3. subordinate clause,
  4. subordinated,
  5. subordinated debt,
  6. subordination,
  7. subordinationism,
  8. suborn,
  9. subornation of perjury,
  10. suboscine


Origin of subordinating conjunction

First recorded in 1870–75; subordinate + -ing2

Also called sub·or·di·na·tor.

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British Dictionary definitions for subordinating conjunction

subordinating conjunction

noun

a conjunction that introduces subordinate clauses, such as if, because, although, and untilCompare coordinating conjunction
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