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Definition of subordinate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    subordinate somebody/something (to somebody/something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they subordinate
    he / she / it subordinates
    past simple subordinated
    -ing form subordinating
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  1. to treat someone or something as less important than someone or something else Safety considerations were subordinated to commercial interests.
  2. subordination
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  3. NAmE//səˌbɔrdnˈeɪʃn//
    noun [uncountable]
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: subordinate