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subordinate

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adjective sub·or·di·nate \sə-ˈbȯr-də-nət, -ˈbȯrd-nət\

Simple Definition of subordinate

  • : in a position of less power or authority than someone else

  • : less important than someone or something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of subordinate

  1. 1 :  placed in or occupying a lower class, rank, or position :  inferior <a subordinate officer>

  2. 2 :  submissive to or controlled by authority

  3. 3a :  of, relating to, or constituting a clause that functions as a noun, adjective, or adverbb :  subordinating

subordinately

adverb

subordinateness

noun

Examples of subordinate in a sentence

  1. About two-thirds of the way through, this nonsense comes to life for fifteen minutes when the point of view shifts to that of a subordinate character, an aging thug (well played by Laurence Fishburne) who is employed by the casino to spot card counters. —Richard Alleva, Commonweal, May 9, 2008

  2. A reporter's right to protect a source is a subordinate matter that obfuscates the more important issue of violating journalistic integrity and responsibility when one becomes an agent, if not a pawn, of a mean-spirited and vindictive retaliation scheme. —Jon Duffey, Editor & Publisher, 13 Oct. 2003

  3. She was thirty-three, furiously frustrated with her subordinate role in the studio—attending to the model's hair, makeup, and clothes—and chronically dissatisfied with her own pictures, which represented a different kind of woman's work. —Judith Thurman, New Yorker, 13 Oct. 2003

  4. <his contention is that environment plays a subordinate role to heredity in determining what we become>



Origin and Etymology of subordinate

Middle English subordinat, from Medieval Latin subordinatus, past participle of subordinare to subordinate, from Latin sub- + ordinare to order — more at ordain


First Known Use: 15th century


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subordinate

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noun sub·or·di·nate \sə-ˈbȯr-də-nət, -ˈbȯrd-nət\

Simple Definition of subordinate

  • : someone who has less power or authority than someone else : someone who is subordinate to someone else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of subordinate

  1. :  one who stands in order or rank below another :  one that is subordinate

Examples of subordinate in a sentence

  1. Case in point: the dismissal of advertising chief Julie Roehm, accused of having an affair with a subordinate (also fired) and taking freebies from an advertising agency (also fired) in violation of company policies. —Bill Saporito, Time, 12 Nov. 2007

  2. He ran an extremely unhappy headquarters. He tended to berate subordinates, frequently shouting and cursing at them. —Thomas E. Ricks, Fiasco, 2006

  3. She also found it impossible to give negative feedback. As a consequence, her work and that of her subordinates started to suffer, and she was missing deadlines. —Steven Berglas, Harvard Business Review, June 2002

  4. She leaves the day-to-day running of the firm to her subordinates.

  5. <subordinates do most of the actual creation of the famous designer's clothing designs>



Origin and Etymology of subordinate

(see 1subordinate)


First Known Use: 1640

Rhymes with subordinate

abbreviate, abominate, accelerate, accentuate, accommodate, acculturate, accumulate, adjudicate, adulterate, affiliate, agglomerate, alienate, alleviate, alliterate, amalgamate, ameliorate, amyl nitrate, annihilate, annunciate, anticipate, apostolate, appreciate, appropriate, approximate, arpeggiate, articulate, asphyxiate, assassinate, asseverate, assimilate, associate, at any rate, attenuate, authenticate, barbiturate, bicarbonate, calumniate, capacitate, capitulate, catholicate, certificate, coagulate, coelenterate, collaborate, commemorate, commiserate, communicate, compassionate, concatenate, conciliate, confabulate, confederate, conglomerate, congratulate, consolidate, contaminate, cooperate, coordinate, corroborate, deactivate, debilitate, decapitate, decelerate, decerebrate, deconcentrate, deconsecrate, decorticate, decrepitate, de-escalate, defibrinate, defoliate, degenerate, deliberate, delineate, demodulate, denominate, depopulate, depreciate, deracinate, deregulate, desegregate, desiderate, detoxicate, devaluate, diaconate, dilapidate, discriminate, disintegrate, disseminate, dissimulate, dissociate, domesticate, effectuate, ejaculate, elaborate, electroplate, eliminate, elucidate, emaciate, emancipate, emasculate, encapsulate, enumerate, enunciate, episcopate, equivocate, eradicate, etiolate, evacuate, evaluate, evaporate, eventuate, eviscerate, exacerbate, exaggerate, exasperate, excited state, excogitate, excoriate, exfoliate, exhilarate, exonerate, expatiate, expatriate, expectorate, expostulate, expropriate, extenuate, exterminate, extrapolate, facilitate, felicitate, fish or cut bait, garrison state, gesticulate, habilitate, habituate, hallucinate, humiliate, hydrogenate, hypothecate, illuminate, impersonate, inactivate, inaugurate, incarcerate, incinerate, incorporate, incriminate, indoctrinate, inebriate, infatuate, infuriate, ingratiate, ingurgitate, initiate, inoculate, inseminate, insinuate, instantiate, intercalate, interpolate, interrelate, interrogate, intimidate, intoxicate, invalidate, investigate, invigorate, irradiate, Italianate, Korea Strait, lanceolate, legitimate, luxuriate, mandarinate, manipulate, matriarchate, matriculate, Merthiolate, necessitate, negotiate, noncandidate, obliterate, officiate, Orange Free State, orientate, originate, oxygenate, participate, particulate, patriarchate, patriciate, perambulate, peregrinate, perpetuate, pontificate, precipitate, predestinate, predominate, prefabricate, premeditate, preponderate, prevaricate, procrastinate, prognosticate, proliferate, propitiate, proportionate, quadruplicate, quintuplicate, reciprocate, recriminate, recuperate, redecorate, reduplicate, reeducate, refrigerate, regenerate, regurgitate, reincarnate, reintegrate, reiterate, rejuvenate, remunerate, repatriate, repudiate, resuscitate, retaliate, reticulate, revaluate, reverberate, scholasticate, second estate, self-flagellate, self-immolate, self-pollinate, seventy-eight, sextuplicate, Singapore Strait, sophisticate, substantiate, syllabicate, tergiversate, transliterate, triangulate, vanity plate, variegate, vaticinate, vituperate, vociferate


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subordinate

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transitive verb sub·or·di·nate \sə-ˈbȯr-də-ˌnāt\

Simple Definition of subordinate

  • : to think of or treat (someone or something) as less important than someone or something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of subordinate

subordinated

subordinating

  1. 1 :  to make subject or subservient

  2. 2 :  to treat as of less value or importance <stylist … whose crystalline prose subordinates content to form — Susan Heath>

subordination

play \-ˌbȯr-də-ˈnā-shən\ noun

subordinative

play \-ˈbȯr-də-ˌnā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of subordinate in a sentence

  1. Clinton administration Trade Representative Mickey Kantor declared: “The days when we could afford to subordinate our economic interests to foreign policy or defense concerns are long past.” —Lawrence F. Kaplan, New Republic, 18 Mar. 2002

  2. The real reason, though, is that art survives life, and this unpalatable realization lies behind the lumpen desire to subordinate the former to the latter. The finite always mistakes the permanent for the infinite and nurtures designs upon it. —Joseph Brodsky, Times Literary Supplement, 26 Oct. 1990

  3. <it is one of the lessons of history that more powerful civilizations often subordinate weaker ones>



Origin and Etymology of subordinate

Medieval Latin subordinatus (see 1subordinate)


First Known Use: 1597



SUBORDINATE Defined for Kids

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subordinate

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adjective sub·or·di·nate \sə-ˈbȯr-də-nət\

Definition of subordinate for Students

  1. 1 :  being in a lower class or rank :  inferior <a subordinate officer>

  2. 2 :  yielding to or controlled by authority




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subordinate

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noun sub·or·di·nate

Definition of subordinate for Students

  1. :  someone who has less power or authority than someone else




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subordinate

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verb sub·or·di·nate \sə-ˈbȯr-də-ˌnāt\

Definition of subordinate for Students

subordinated

subordinating

  1. :  to treat as inferior in rank or importance




Law Dictionary

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subordinate

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adjective sub·or·di·nate \sə-ˈbȯrd-ən-ət\

Legal Definition of subordinate

  1. 1 :  placed in or occupying a lower rank, class, or position

  2. 2 :  submissive to or controlled by authority




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subordinate

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transitive verb sub·or·di·nate \sə-ˈbȯrd-ən-ˌāt\

Legal Definition of subordinate

subordinated

subordinating

  1. :  to assign lower priority to (as a debt or creditor) :  postpone satisfaction of until after satisfaction of another <the equitable assignee will be subordinated to the rights of the assignor's trustee in bankruptcy — J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo>





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