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subordinate

sub·or·di·nate

subordinate

 
 
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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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.)
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