subordinate

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Subordinate is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

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Adjective[change]

Positive
subordinate

Comparative
more subordinate

Superlative
most subordinate

  1. If something is subordinate, it is less important than someone or something else.
    Keeping our natural world healthy remains subordinate to the health of the economy.
    In society a dominant group often ignores the wishes of subordinate groups.

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Noun[change]

Singular
subordinate

Plural
subordinates

  1. (countable) A subordinate is someone who is at a lower position in an organization.
    A good manager will talk with her subordinates before making most decisions.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
subordinate

Third-person singular
subordinates

Past tense
subordinated

Past participle
subordinated

Present participle
subordinating

  1. (transitive) If you subordinate x to y, you give less importance to x and more to y.
    When he fell in love, everything else was subordinated to it.

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