Definition of subordinate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbɔːdɪnət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːrdɪnət//
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  1. 1subordinate (to somebody) having less power or authority than somebody else in a group or an organization In many societies women are subordinate to men. She was directly subordinate to the president. The monarch is formally subordinate to Parliament.
  2. 2subordinate (to something) less important than something else synonym secondary All other issues are subordinate to this one.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin subordinatus ‘placed in an inferior rank’, from Latin sub- ‘below’ + ordinare ‘ordain’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: subordinate