subordinating

adjective

sub·​or·​di·​nat·​ing sə-ˈbȯr-də-ˌnā-tiŋ How to pronounce subordinating (audio)
: introducing and linking a subordinate clause to a main clause
subordinating conjunction

Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subordinating was in 1849

Dictionary Entries Near subordinating

Cite this Entry

“Subordinating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subordinating. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

subordinating

adjective
sub·​or·​di·​nat·​ing
sə-ˈbȯrd-ᵊn-ˌāt-iŋ
: introducing and linking a subordinate clause to a main clause
a subordinating conjunction
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!