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subordinate

sub·or·di·nate

subordinate

 
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: s bor d niht
definition 1: lower in rank or authority.
The workers are subordinate to the supervisor.
synonyms:
secondary
antonyms:
primary, senior
similar words:
junior
definition 2: the name of a certain type of clause in grammar. A subordinate clause is a clause in a sentence that is not the main clause. In the sentence "If it rains, we won't go," the subordinate clause is "if it rains." The main clause is "we won't go."
similar words:
relative
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: s bor d niht
definition: a person who is lower in rank or under the control of another.
The officer gave an order to her subordinates.
derivations: subordinative (adj.), subordinately (adv.), subordination (n.)
Word Parts
The word subordinate contains the following parts:
sub- Latin prefix that means under, after
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The prefix sub- was a Latin preposition and prefix and occurs in English in Latin loanwords, such as subjugate . It is also used in the formation of English words such as subway and subgroup . It has multiple forms, as the 'b' sound in sub- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms suc-, suf-, sug-, sum-, sup-, sur-, sus-, and su-.
synonyms:
hyp-, hypo-, under-
antonyms:
super-, supra-, hyper-
 
ord, ordin Latin root that means row, rank, order