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

  

subordinate

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they subordinate
BrE BrE//ˈbɔːdɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːrdɪneɪt//
 
he / she / it subordinates
BrE BrE//səˈbɔːdɪneɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈbɔːrdɪneɪts//
 
past simple subordinated
BrE BrE//səˈbɔːdɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈbɔːrdɪneɪtɪd//
 
past participle subordinated
BrE BrE//səˈbɔːdɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈbɔːrdɪneɪtɪd//
 
-ing form subordinating
BrE BrE//səˈbɔːdɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈbɔːrdɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//ˈbɔːdɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːrdɪneɪt//
 
subordinate somebody/something (to somebody/something) (formal) to treat somebody/something as less important than somebody/something else Safety considerations were subordinated to commercial interests. The needs of the individual are completely subordinated to those of the state.
Word Origin late 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