[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.
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.
Origin of subordinate
Synonyms for subordinate
Antonyms for 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
verb (səˈbɔːdɪˌneɪt) (tr usually foll by to)
to put in a lower rank or position (than)
to make subservientto subordinate mind to heart
Word Origin for subordinate
C15: from Medieval Latin subordināre, from Latin sub- + ordō rank
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"to bring into a subordinate position," 1590s; see subordinate (adj.). Related: Subordinated; subordinating.
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