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Dictionary definition for: Subordinate

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

2. (v) rank or order as less important or consider of less value; "Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools"

3. (a) lower in rank or importance

4. (n) a word that is more specific than a given word

5. (v) make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"

6. (a) subject or submissive to authority or the control of another; "a subordinate kingdom"

7. (a) of a clause; unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; "a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"

8. (s) inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty" "a lowly corporal" "petty officialdom" "a subordinate functionary"

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