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English adjective: subordinate

1. subordinate lower in rank or importance


Synonymslow-level


Similaradjunct, assistant, associate, secondary, under


See alsoinferior, subordinate


Attributeposition, status


Antonymsdominant

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


Antonymsinsubordinate

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.


Synonymsdependent


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.


Synonymssubdue


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


Broader (hypernym)lour, lower









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