Definitions for subordinatesəˈbɔr dn ɪt; -dnˌeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sub•or•di•natesəˈbɔr dn ɪt; -dnˌeɪt(adj., n.; v.; adj.; n.)-nat•ed, -nat•ing.

  1. (adj.)placed in or belonging to a lower order or rank.

  2. of less importance; secondary.

  3. subject to or under the authority of a superior.

  4. subservient or inferior.

  5. subject; dependent.

  6. acting as a modifier in a grammatical construction, as when I finished in of or pertaining to a subordinating conjunction.

    They were glad when I finished.

    Category: Grammar

  7. Obs. submissive.

  8. (n.)a subordinate person or thing.

  9. (v.t.)to place in a lower order or rank.

  10. to make secondary (usu. fol. by to).

  11. to make subject, subservient, or dependent (usu. fol. by to).

Origin of subordinate:

1425–75; < ML subōrdinātus, ptp. of subōrdināre= L sub-sub - +ōrdināre to order, der. of ōrdō, s. ōrdin- rank, order ; see -ate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. subordinate, subsidiary, underling, foot soldier(noun)

    an assistant subject to the authority or control of another

  2. hyponym, subordinate, subordinate word(adj)

    a word that is more specific than a given word

  3. subordinate, low-level(adj)

    lower in rank or importance

  4. subordinate(adj)

    subject or submissive to authority or the control of another

    "a subordinate kingdom"

  5. dependent, subordinate(verb)

    (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence

    "a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"

  6. subordinate(verb)

    rank or order as less important or consider of less value

    "Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools"

  7. subordinate, subdue(verb)

    make subordinate, dependent, or subservient

    "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subordinate(adj)

    placed in a lower order, class, or rank; holding a lower or inferior position

  2. Subordinate(adj)

    inferior in order, nature, dignity, power, importance, or the like

  3. Subordinate(noun)

    one who stands in order or rank below another; -- distinguished from a principal

  4. Subordinate(verb)

    to place in a lower order or class; to make or consider as of less value or importance; as, to subordinate one creature to another

  5. Subordinate(verb)

    to make subject; to subject or subdue; as, to subordinate the passions to reason

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


lower in rank, power, importance etc

A colonel is subordinate to a brigadier.

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