1. Placed in a lower order, class, or rank; holding a lower or inferior position.
The several kinds and subordinate species of each are easily distinguished. --Woodward.
2. Inferior in order, nature, dignity, power, importance, or the like.
It was subordinate, not enslaved, to the understanding. --South.
Sub·or·di·nate, n. One who stands in order or rank below another; -- distinguished from a principal.
Sub·or·di·nate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Subordinated p. pr. & vb. n. Subordinating.]
1. To place in a lower order or class; to make or consider as of less value or importance; as, to subordinate one creature to another.
2. To make subject; to subject or subdue; as, to subordinate the passions to reason.
-- Sub*or*di*nate*ly, adv. -- Sub*or*di*nate*ness, n.
adj 1: lower in rank or importance [syn: low-level] [ant: dominant]
2: subject or submissive to authority or the control of
another; "a subordinate kingdom" [ant: insubordinate]
3: 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" [syn: dependent] [ant: independent]
4: inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly
corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate
functionary" [syn: junior-grade, inferior, lower, lower-ranking,
lowly, petty(a), secondary, subaltern]
n 1: an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
[syn: subsidiary, underling, foot soldier]
2: a word that is more specific than a given word [syn: hyponym,
v 1: rank or order as less important or consider of less value;
"Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these
2: make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; "Our wishes
have to be subordinated to that of our ruler" [syn: subdue]