Open main menu

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English subordinat, from Medieval Latin subōrdinātus, past participle of subōrdināre, from sub- + ōrdināre (to order).

PronunciationEdit

Adjective and Noun
  • (UK) enPR: sə-bôʹdĭn-ət, IPA(key): /səˈbɔːdɪnət/
  • (US) enPR: sə-bôrʹdĭn-ət, IPA(key): /səˈbɔɹdɪnət/
  • (file)
Verb
  • (UK) enPR: sə-bôʹdĭn-āt, IPA(key): /səˈbɔːdɪneɪt/
  • (US) enPR: sə-bôrʹdĭn-āt, IPA(key): /səˈbɔɹdɪneɪt/

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”.
  4. Descending in a regular series.

SynonymsEdit

  • (placed in a lower class, rank, or position): lesser
  • (grammar, dependent on the main clause): dependent

AntonymsEdit

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

subordinate (plural subordinates)

  1. (countable) One who is subordinate.

SynonymsEdit

AntonymsEdit

TranslationsEdit

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.

SynonymsEdit

TranslationsEdit

See alsoEdit

AnagramsEdit


ItalianEdit

LatinEdit