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subordinate

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

having not so great importance or rank as another
  • his contention is that environment plays a subordinate role to heredity in determining what we become

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subordinate

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of subordinate (Entry 2 of 3)

one who is of lower rank and typically under the authority of another
  • subordinates do most of the actual creation of the famous designer's clothing designs

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subordinate

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of subordinate (Entry 3 of 3)

to bring under one's control by force of arms
  • it is one of the lessons of history that more powerful civilizations often subordinate weaker ones

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“Subordinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/subordinate. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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