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English adjective: subordinate

1. subordinate lower in rank or importance


Similaradjunct, assistant, associate, secondary, under

See alsoinferior, subordinate

Attributeposition, status


2. subordinate subject or submissive to authority or the control of another

SamplesA subordinate kingdom.

Similardependent, feudatory, ruled, subject, subservient

See alsolow-level, submissive, subordinate


3. subordinate (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence

SamplesA subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence.


Domain categorygrammar

Antonymsmain, independent

English noun: subordinate

1. subordinate (person) an assistant subject to the authority or control of another

Synonymsfoot soldier, subsidiary, underling

Broader (hypernym)assistant, help, helper, supporter

Narrower (hyponym)associate, bottom dog, cog, man, second banana, second fiddle

2. subordinate (communication) a word that is more specific than a given word

Synonymshyponym, subordinate word

Broader (hypernym)word

English verb: subordinate

1. subordinate (cognition) rank or order as less important or consider of less value

SamplesArt is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)grade, order, place, range, rank, rate

Narrower (hyponym)outclass

2. subordinate (change) make subordinate, dependent, or subservient

SamplesOur wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lour, lower

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