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SUBORDINATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does subordinate mean? 

SUBORDINATE (noun)
  The noun SUBORDINATE has 2 senses:

1. an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
2. a word that is more specific than a given word

  Familiarity information: SUBORDINATE used as a noun is rare.


SUBORDINATE (adjective)
  The adjective SUBORDINATE has 4 senses:

1. lower in rank or importance
2. subject or submissive to authority or the control of another
3. (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence
4. inferior in rank or status

  Familiarity information: SUBORDINATE used as an adjective is uncommon.


SUBORDINATE (verb)
  The verb SUBORDINATE has 2 senses:

1. rank or order as less important or consider of less value
2. make subordinate, dependent, or subservient

  Familiarity information: SUBORDINATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUBORDINATE (noun)


Sense 1subordinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An assistant subject to the authority or control of another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

underling; subsidiary; subordinate; foot soldier

Hypernyms ("subordinate" is a kind of...):

assistant; help; helper; supporter (a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "subordinate"):

bottom dog (a person of low status)

cog (a subordinate who performs an important but routine function)

man (a male subordinate)

second banana; second fiddle (someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role)


Sense 2subordinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A word that is more specific than a given word

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

hyponym; subordinate word; subordinate

Hypernyms ("subordinate" is a kind of...):

word (a unit of language that native speakers can identify)


SUBORDINATE (adjective)


Sense 1subordinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lower in rank or importance

Synonyms:

subordinate; low-level

Similar:

under (lower in rank, power, or authority)

secondary (belonging to a lower class or rank)

associate (having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status)

adjunct; assistant (of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another)

Also:

subordinate (subject or submissive to authority or the control of another)

inferior (of or characteristic of low rank or importance)

Attribute:

position; status (the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society)

Antonym:

dominant (exercising influence or control)


Sense 2subordinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Subject or submissive to authority or the control of another

Context example:

a subordinate kingdom

Similar:

dependent; subject (being under the power or sovereignty of another or others)

ruled (subject to a ruling authority)

feudatory (owing feudal allegiance to or being subject to a sovereign)

subservient (compliant and obedient to authority)

Also:

low-level; subordinate (lower in rank or importance)

submissive (inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination)

Antonym:

insubordinate (not submissive to authority)


Sense 3subordinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence

Synonyms:

subordinate; dependent

Context example:

a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence

Domain category:

grammar (the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics or morphology))


Sense 4subordinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inferior in rank or status

Synonyms:

subaltern; junior-grade; lower-ranking; petty; secondary; lowly; inferior; subordinate

Context examples:

the junior faculty / a lowly corporal / petty officialdom / a subordinate functionary

Similar:

junior (younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service)


SUBORDINATE (verb)


Sense 1subordinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rank or order as less important or consider of less value

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools

Hypernyms (to "subordinate" is one way to...):

grade; order; place; range; rank; rate (assign a rank or rating to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "subordinate"):

outclass (cause to appear in a lower class)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2subordinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make subordinate, dependent, or subservient

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

subordinate; subdue

Context example:

Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler

Hypernyms (to "subordinate" is one way to...):

lour; lower (set lower)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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