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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

      adj : serving to connect a subordinate clause to a main clause;
            "`when' in `I will come when I can' is a subordinating
            conjunction" [syn: subordinating(a), subordinative]
            [ant: coordinating(a)]