From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsubordinatesub‧or‧di‧nate1 /səˈbɔːdənət $ -ˈbɔːr-/ ●○○ AWL adjective 1 in a less important position than someone else a subordinate officersubordinate to Women were subordinate to men.2 less important than something else SYN secondarysubordinate to These aims were subordinate to the main aims of the mission.
Examples from the Corpussubordinate• For a start, it is a subordinate class, and being a socialist means surrendering a culture of subordination for self-determination.• Thus the capitalist mode articulates with the peasant mode, with the latter playing a subordinate role and the former benefiting.• Admiral Ugaki promptly instructed subordinate staff officers to make a detailed study of the practicability of his plan.• Women had a subordinate status in our society.• When he is subordinate to both of them then a partnership with either animal may be established as an aid to intervention.• In the 1940s the official press had stated that economic goals would be subordinate to political objectives.subordinate to• The CIA Director is subordinate to the Secretary of Defense.subordinatesubordinate2 ●○○ AWL noun [countable] LOW POSITION OR RANKsomeone who has a lower position and less authority than someone else in an organization
Examples from the Corpussubordinate• But other senior managers had to convince their colleagues and subordinates of the value of this approach.• The idea of being evaluated by subordinates makes some managers uneasy.• The prospect of being judged by subordinates made some managers very uneasy.• Costello will have five direct subordinates.• In other words, if a manager has five subordinates, the span of control is five.• If something has gone badly, one of his subordinates will be criticized in an editorial.• Indeed, Nagumo, passive though he was, did not always leave everything to his subordinates.• By conferring with his subordinates before making any decision, the manager will take account of their advice and feelings.• The focus of change is directed toward improving the way superiors use power to manage subordinates.• If the subordinate has to be so elaborately controlled the supervisor might just as well undertake the task.• Like the subordinates, most superiors felt the managers' interface responsibilities were crucial.subordinatesub‧or‧di‧nate3 /səˈbɔːdəneɪt $ -ˈbɔːr-/ AWL verb [transitive] LOW POSITION OR RANKto put someone or something in a less important positionsubordinate somebody/something to somebody/something Why subordinate your wishes to those of your family? —subordination /səˌbɔːdəˈneɪʃən $ -ˌbɔːr-/ noun [uncountable]→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpussubordinate• She's quite talented but she subordinates all her interests to his.• According to this view, Idealism had made the mistake of subordinating political considerations to moral considerations.• In this period, justice is subordinated to adult authority.• Did this mean that Aquitaine was going to be permanently subordinated to the ruler of the Anglo-Norman realm?• Back to Tradition was the slogan, and if that included subordinating women, so be it.• After the fall, these alliances continued, and both parties had strong interests in subordinating women.From Longman Business Dictionarysubordinatesub‧or‧di‧nate1 /səˈbɔːdənət-ˈbɔːr-/ adjective less important or powerful than something or someonea subordinate role on the committeesubordinate toa commission that is subordinate to the Security Councilsubordinatesubordinate2 noun [countable]HUMAN RESOURCESJOB someone who has a lower position and less authority than someone else in an organizationSupervisors are regularly evaluated by their subordinates.Origin subordinate1 (1400-1500) Medieval Latin past participle of subordinare “to subordinate”, from Latin ordinare; → ORDAIN