subordinate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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

Adjective[edit]

subordinate (comparative more subordinate, superlative most subordinate)

  1. Placed in a lower class, rank, or position.
    • (Can we date this quote by Woodward and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      The several kinds and subordinate species of each are easily distinguished.
    Synonym: lesser
    Antonyms: superior, superordinate
  2. Submissive or inferior to, or controlled by authority.
    • (Can we date this quote by South and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      It was subordinate, not enslaved, to the understanding.
    Antonym: insubordinate
  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”.
    Synonym: dependent
    Antonyms: independent, main
  4. Descending in a regular series.

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Noun[edit]

subordinate (plural subordinates)

  1. (countable) One who is subordinate.
    Synonyms: inferior, junior, report, underling, understrapper
    Antonyms: boss, commander, leader, manager, superior, supervisor

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Verb[edit]

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.
    Synonyms: belittle, denigrate
  3. (transitive, finance) To make of lower priority in order of payment in bankruptcy.

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

subordinate

  1. Feminine plural of adjective subordinato.

Verb[edit]

subordinate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of subordinare
  2. second-person plural imperative of subordinare
  3. feminine plural past participle of subordinare

Latin[edit]

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Verb[edit]

subōrdināte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of subōrdinō