[ adjective, noun suh-bawr-dn-it; verb suh-bawr-dn-eyt ]
/ adjective, noun səˈbɔr dn ɪt; verb səˈbɔr dnˌeɪt /
placed in or belonging to a lower order or rank.
of less importance; secondary.
subject to or under the authority of a superior.
a subordinate person or thing.
verb (used with object), sub·or·di·nat·ed, sub·or·di·nat·ing.
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.
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Origin of subordinate
OTHER WORDS FROM subordinate
sub·or·di·nate·ly, adverbsub·or·di·nate·ness, nounsub·or·di·na·tion, sub·or·di·na·cy [suh-bawr-dn-uh-see] /səˈbɔr dn ə si/, nounsub·or·di·na·tive [suh-bawr-dn-ey-tiv, -bawr-dn-uh-] /səˈbɔr dnˌeɪ tɪv, -ˈbɔr dn ə-/, adjective
non·sub·or·di·nate, adjectivenon·sub·or·di·nat·ing, adjectivepre·sub·or·di·nate, verb (used with object), pre·sub·or·di·nat·ed, pre·sub·or·di·nat·ing.self-sub·or·di·nat·ing, adjectiveun·sub·or·di·nate, adjectiveun·sub·or·di·na·tive, adjective
Words nearby subordinate
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British Dictionary definitions for subordinative
of lesser order or importance
under the authority or control of anothera subordinate functionary
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 forms of subordinatesubordinately, adverbsubordination or subordinateness, nounsubordinative, adjective
Word Origin for subordinate
C15: from Medieval Latin subordināre, from Latin sub- + ordō rank
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