Subordinate meaning

sə-bôr'dn-ĭt
One that is subordinate.
noun
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Belonging to a lower or inferior class or rank; secondary.
adjective
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Submissive or inferior to, or controlled by, authority.
adjective
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Subject to the authority or control of another.
adjective
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To put in a lower or inferior rank or class.
verb
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Placed in a lower class, rank, or position.
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The definition of subordinate is someone who is lower in rank to another or subject to another's control.

An example of subordinate is an army private who is under command of a general.

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To make subservient; subdue.
verb
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Inferior to or placed below another in rank, power, importance, etc.; secondary.
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Under the power or authority of another.
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Subservient or submissive.
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Having the function of a noun, adjective, or adverb within a sentence.

A subordinate clause.

adjective
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To make obedient or subservient (to); control; subdue.
verb
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(grammar, of a clause, not comparable) Dependent on and either modifying or complementing the main clause.

In the sentence, “The barbecue finished before John arrived", the subordinate clause “before John arrived" specifies the time of the main clause, “The barbecue finished".

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(countable) One who is subordinate.
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To treat as of less value or importance.
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(finance) To make of lower priority in order of payment in bankruptcy.
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To place in a subordinate position; treat as less important or inferior (to)
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A subordinate person or thing.
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(one who is subordinate): boss, commander, leader, manager, superior, supervisor.
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To make subservient.
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Origin of subordinate

  • Middle English subordinat from Medieval Latin subōrdinātus past participle of subōrdināre to put in a lower rank Latin sub- sub- Latin ōrdināre to set in order (from ōrdō ōrdin- order ar- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition