# subordinate

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

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### Pronunciation

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 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.

## Noun

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.

## Verb

 Plain form subordinate Third-person singular subordinates Past tense subordinated Past participle subordinated Present participle subordinating
1. (transitive) If you subordinate ${\displaystyle x}$ to ${\displaystyle y}$, you give less importance to ${\displaystyle x}$ and more to ${\displaystyle y}$.
When he fell in love, everything else was subordinated to it.