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Pronunciation:  [n]su'bor`dneyt, [v]su`bor'dneyt, sub'owdun`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a word that is more specific than a given word
  2. [n]  someone subject to the authority or control of another
  3. [adj]  (grammar) of a clause; unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; "a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"
  4. [adj]  lower in rank or importance
  5. [adj]  inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"
  6. [adj]  subject or submissive to authority or the control of another; "a subordinate kingdom"
  7. [v]  make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"
  8. [v]  rank or order as less important or consider of less value; "Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools"

SUBORDINATE is a 11 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: adjunct, assistant, associate(a), buck, dependent, deputy(a), hyponym, junior, junior-grade, lower, lower-ranking, low-level, lowly, petty(a), proxy(a), ruled, secondary, subaltern, subdue, subject, submissive, subordinate word, subservient, subsidiary, under(a), underling
 Antonyms: dominant, independent, insubordinate, main(a)
 See Also: follower, grade, inferior, lour, lower, man, order, outclass, place, range, rank, rate, subordinate, word



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sub*or"di*nate\, a. [Pref. sub + L. ordinatus, p.
    p. of ordinare to set in order, to arrange. See {Ordain}.]
    1. Placed in a lower order, class, or rank; holding a lower
       or inferior position.
             The several kinds and subordinate species of each
             are easily distinguished.             --Woodward.
    2. Inferior in order, nature, dignity, power, importance, or
       the like.
             It was subordinate, not enslaved, to the
             understanding.                        --South.
  2. \Sub*or"di*nate\, n.
    One who stands in order or rank below another; --
    distinguished from a principal. --Milton.
  3. \Sub*or"di*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Subordinated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Subordinating}.]
    1. To place in a lower order or class; to make or consider as
       of less value or importance; as, to subordinate one
       creature to another.
    2. To make subject; to subject or subdue; as, to subordinate
       the passions to reason. -- {Sub*or"di*nate*ly}, adv. --
       {Sub*or"di*nate*ness}, n.