[adjective, noun suh-bawr-dn-it; verb suh-bawr-dn-eyt]
- 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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- 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
C15: from Medieval Latin subordināre, from Latin sub- + ordō rank
Word Origin and History for un-subordinate
"to bring into a subordinate position," 1590s; see subordinate (adj.). Related: Subordinated; subordinating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper