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part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: s bor d niht
definition: lower in rank or importance; secondary.
A corporal is subordinate to a colonel.
inferior, lesser, lower, secondary
primary, prime, senior, superior
similar words:
associate, junior, under
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: s bor d niht
definition: one who is lower in rank, or under the control of another.
As a captain, he is the general's subordinate.
part of speech: verb
pronunciation: s bor d neIt
inflections: subordinates, subordinating, subordinated
definition: to put in a position of lesser rank or importance; make less important than (often followed by "to").
He subordinates his work to his family life.
derivations: subordinative (adj.), subordinately (adv.), subordination (n.)
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The word subordinate contains the following parts:
sub- Latin prefix that means under, after
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The prefix sub- was a Latin preposition and prefix and occurs in English in Latin loanwords, such as subjugate. It is also used in the formation of English words such as subway and subgroup. It has multiple forms, as the 'b' sound in sub- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms suc-, suf-, sum-, sup-, sur-, sus-, and su-.
hyp-, hypo-, under-
super-, supra-, hyper-
ord, ordin Latin root that means row, rank, order