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sub·or·di·nate

subordinate

 
 
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: s bor d niht
definition 1: lower in rank or importance; inferior or secondary.
A corporal is subordinate to a colonel.Personal needs had to be subordinate to the needs of the country during wartime.
synonyms:
ancillary, auxiliary, inferior, lesser, lower, secondary, subaltern, subsidiary
antonyms:
leading, predominant, primary, prime, senior, superior
similar words:
accessory, associate, incidental, junior, second-class, subservient, tributary, under
definition 2: under the authority or control of another; subservient; dependent.
The women were subordinate to the men.
synonyms:
subservient
antonyms:
dominant, supreme
similar words:
auxiliary, dependent, subject
definition 3: in grammar, of, pertaining to, or being a modifying or dependent clause.
In the sentence "Please eat your dinner before it gets cold," "Please eat your dinner" is the main clause, and "before it gets cold" is the subordinate clause.
similar words:
dependent, modifying, relative
definition 4: in grammar, denoting or pertaining to a conjunction that introduces such a clause.
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: s bor d niht
definition: one that is subordinate, esp. a person working under the authority or control of another.
As a captain, he is the general's subordinate.At the office, he tended to act arrogantly toward his subordinates.
synonyms:
assistant, secondary
antonyms:
superior
similar words:
appendage, associate, auxiliary, inferior
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: s bor d neIt
inflections: subordinated, subordinates, subordinating
definition 1: to treat as or put in a position of lesser rank or importance (often fol. by to).
He subordinates his work to his family life.
similar words:
belittle, depreciate, devalue
definition 2: to bring into subjection or dependency.
The nobles subordinated the peasants.
synonyms:
subject
similar words:
conquer, dominate, enslave, overmaster, subdue, subjugate, vanquish
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derivations: subordinative (adj.), subordinately (adv.), subordination (n.)
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