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Definition 1: a word that is more specific than a given word - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for subordinate in the sense of this definition

(subordinate is a kind of ...) a unit of language that native speakers can identify

"words are the blocks from which sentences are made" "he hardly said ten words all morning"

Definition 2: an assistant subject to the authority or control of another - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for subordinate in the sense of this definition

(subordinate is a kind of ...) a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

"my invaluable assistant" "they hired additional help to finish the work"

(... is a kind of subordinate ) a person with subordinate membership in a society, institution, or commercial enterprise

"associates in the law firm bill at a lower rate than do partners"

(... is a kind of subordinate ) a person of low status

(... is a kind of subordinate ) a subordinate who performs an important but routine function

"he was a small cog in a large machine"

(... is a kind of subordinate ) a male subordinate

"the chief stationed two men outside the building" "he awaited word from his man in Havana"

(... is a kind of subordinate ) someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role

Definition 3: make subordinate, dependent, or subservient - [verb of change]

Samples where subordinate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler

Synonyms for subordinate in the sense of this definition

(subordinate is a kind of ...) set lower

"lower a rating" "lower expectations"

Definition 4: rank or order as less important or consider of less value - [verb of cognition]

Samples where subordinate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools

(subordinate is a kind of ...) assign a rank or rating to

"how would you rank these students?" "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"

(... is a kind of subordinate ) cause to appear in a lower class

"The Yankees outclassed Cincinnati"

Definition 5: lower in rank or importance - [adjective denoting all]

Synonyms for subordinate in the sense of this definition

(subordinate is similar to ...) of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another

(subordinate is similar to ...) having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status

"an associate member" "an associate professor"

(subordinate is similar to ...) belonging to a lower class or rank

(subordinate is similar to ...) lower in rank, power, or authority

"an under secretary"

(means also ...) subject or submissive to authority or the control of another

"a subordinate kingdom"

(means also ...) of or characteristic of low rank or importance

(... are attributes of subordinate) the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society

"he had the status of a minor" "the novel attained the status of a classic" "atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life"

Definition 6: subject or submissive to authority or the control of another - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where subordinate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a subordinate kingdom

(subordinate is similar to ...) owing feudal allegiance to or being subject to a sovereign

"it remained feudatory to India until 1365"

(subordinate is similar to ...) subject to a ruling authority

"the ruled mass"

(subordinate is similar to ...) being under the power or sovereignty of another or others

"subject peoples" "a dependent prince"

(subordinate is similar to ...) compliant and obedient to authority

"editors and journalists who express opinions in print that are opposed to the interests of the rich are dismissed and replaced by subservient ones"

(means also ...) inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination

"submissive servants" "a submissive reply" "replacing troublemakers with more submissive people"

(means also ...) lower in rank or importance

Definition 7: (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where subordinate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for subordinate in the sense of this definition

(subordinate belongs to category ...) the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)

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