Definition of subordinate in English:


Line breaks: sub|or¦din|ate


Pronunciation: /səˈbɔːdɪnət


Pronunciation: /səˈbɔːdɪnət
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Pronunciation: /səˈbɔːdɪneɪt
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  • 1Treat or regard as of lesser importance than something else: practical considerations were subordinated to political expediency
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    • Fire safety is far too important to be subordinated to political agendas.
    • I'm selfish, egotistical and self-indulgent, but not so much so that I cannot recognise the times when my selfish occupations need to be subordinated to the common good.
    • But there is something transcendental about shared values that shouldn't be subordinated to tactical requirements.
  • 1.1Make subservient to or dependent on something else: to define life would be to subordinate it to reason
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    • In the handling of security, both the local military and police are subordinated to the governor.
    • Suffice it to say that either from ignorance of his merits or from jealousy by the Richmond authorities he was subordinated to those who were greatly his inferiors and denied the prominence to which his talents and abilities entitled him.
    • New Christian doctrines stripped Sophia of her divine qualities, dramatically subordinating her to the Father and to Christ as her male partner and savior.



Pronunciation: /səˈbɔːdɪnətli/
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  • Then he imagined he heard Brooke's heartbeat as well, turning his head quickly to send a silencing glance over her face; and she, supposedly, subordinately replied.
  • If one herb is used as the major herb, the others are subordinately used to bring out the properties of the major herb.
  • Terias muttered subordinately as she rubbed the top of her head.


Pronunciation: /səˈbɔːdɪnətɪv/
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  • The guide below will help you figure out how to strip a subordinative verb to its stem.
  • A simplified, low cost and nonresonant belt or chain tensioner comprising a casing made of sheet metal, a compression spring and a subordinative compression spring of nonlinear characteristic.
  • I think you are right, but let us not forget that many anarchists are not aiming for personal happiness; they simply want to free ethics from its subordinative stance below politics.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin subordinatus 'placed in an inferior rank', from Latin sub- 'below' + ordinare 'ordain'.

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