subordinate

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Adjective and Noun
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  • (UK) enPR: sə-bôʹdĭn-āt, IPA(key): /səˈbɔːdɪneɪt/
  • (US) enPR: sə-bôrʹdĭn-āt, IPA(key): /səˈbɔrdɪneɪt/

AdjectiveEdit

subordinate (comparative more subordinate, superlative most subordinate)

  1. Placed in a lower class, rank, or position.
    • Woodward
      The several kinds and subordinate species of each are easily distinguished.
  2. Submissive or inferior to, or controlled by, authority.
    • South
      It was subordinate, not enslaved, to the understanding.
  3. (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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  • (placed in a lower class, rank, or position): lesser
  • (grammar, dependent on the main clause): dependent

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NounEdit

subordinate (plural subordinates)

  1. (countable) One who is subordinate.

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VerbEdit

subordinate (third-person singular simple present subordinates, present participle subordinating, simple past and past participle subordinated)

  1. (transitive) To make subservient.
  2. (transitive) To treat as of less value or importance.
  3. (transitive, finance) To make of lower priority in order of payment in bankruptcy.

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AdjectiveEdit

subordinate f

  1. Feminine plural form of subordinato

VerbEdit

subordinate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of subordinare
  2. second-person plural imperative of subordinare
  3. feminine plural of subordinato

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VerbEdit

subōrdināte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of subōrdinō
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