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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sub·or·di·nate /səˈbɔrdṇˌet/
 屬下,附屬物(a.)下級的,次要的,附屬的(vt.)使居下位,使服從

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sub·or·di·nate a.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sub·or·di·nate, n. One who stands in order or rank below another; -- distinguished from a principal.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 subordinate
      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,
          subordinate word]
      v 1: rank or order as less important or consider of less value;
           "Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these
           schools"
      2: make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; "Our wishes
         have to be subordinated to that of our ruler" [syn: subdue]