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Synonyms for subordinate
səˈbɔr dn ɪt; -dnˌeɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subordinate, subsidiary, underling, foot soldier(noun)

    an assistant subject to the authority or control of another

    marcher, infantryman, foot soldier, subordinate word, hyponym, footslogger, subsidiary company, subsidiary, underling

    overriding, paramount, insubordinate, preponderant, controlling, disobedient, predominate, superior, possessive, preponderating, dominating, governing, ascendent, contumacious, ascendant, rebellious, supreme, dominant, predominant, sovereign, unruly, mutinous

  2. hyponym, subordinate, subordinate word(adj)

    a word that is more specific than a given word

    subordinate word, hyponym, foot soldier, subsidiary, underling

    rebellious, ascendant, preponderating, superior, predominate, mutinous, governing, controlling, ascendent, dominating, unruly, preponderant, predominant, overriding, dominant, contumacious, paramount, disobedient, supreme, insubordinate, sovereign, possessive

  3. subordinate, low-level(adj)

    lower in rank or importance

    low-altitude, dependent, low-level

    ascendent, mutinous, preponderating, supreme, disobedient, insubordinate, dominating, governing, overriding, predominate, ascendant, superior, paramount, possessive, unruly, dominant, sovereign, rebellious, contumacious, predominant, preponderant, controlling

  4. subordinate(adj)

    subject or submissive to authority or the control of another

    "a subordinate kingdom"

    dependent, low-level

    dominating, mutinous, superior, preponderant, possessive, predominant, ascendant, supreme, unruly, overriding, controlling, predominate, governing, paramount, preponderating, disobedient, contumacious, dominant, ascendent, sovereign, insubordinate, rebellious

  5. dependent, subordinate(verb)

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

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

    pendent, drug-addicted, dependant, qualified, strung-out, low-level, subject, dependent, pendant, hooked

    ascendant, rebellious, governing, controlling, sovereign, dominant, mutinous, insubordinate, predominate, dominating, unruly, superior, preponderating, paramount, contumacious, predominant, disobedient, preponderant, supreme, overriding, possessive, ascendent

  6. subordinate(verb)

    rank or order as less important or consider of less value

    "Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools"


    ascendant, unruly, possessive, paramount, controlling, governing, preponderant, dominating, mutinous, predominate, insubordinate, contumacious, preponderating, disobedient, superior, sovereign, overriding, ascendent, dominant, supreme, predominant, rebellious

  7. subordinate, subdue(verb)

    make subordinate, dependent, or subservient

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

    crucify, surmount, curb, chasten, tame, stamp down, inhibit, overcome, subdue, reduce, suppress, repress, subjugate, master, quash, conquer, keep down, get over, mortify

    dominating, sovereign, preponderating, mutinous, contumacious, superior, ascendant, preponderant, predominate, disobedient, paramount, rebellious, controlling, insubordinate, overriding, possessive, dominant, ascendent, governing, supreme, unruly, predominant

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. subordinate

    An auxiliary is a person or thing that helps in a subordinate capacity. Allies unite as equals; auxiliaries are, at least technically, inferiors or subordinates. Yet the auxiliary is more than a mere assistant. The word is oftenest found in the plural, and in the military sense; auxiliaries are troops of one nation uniting with the armies, and acting under the orders, of another. Mercenaries serve only for pay; auxiliaries often for reasons of state, policy, or patriotism as well. Compare ACCESSORY; APPENDAGE.

    accessory, aid, ally, assistant, auxiliary, coadjutor, confederate, helper, mercenary, promoter

    antagonist, hinderer, opponent, opposer

    The auxiliaries of the Romans; an auxiliary in a good cause; an auxiliary to learning.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. subordinate(a.)

    inferior, subservient, subject, ancillary, minor, secondary

  2. subordinate(n.)

    inferior, dependant

  3. subordinate(v. a.)

    subject, make subordinate, make subservient

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  1. Henry Hon:

    The most popular Greek word for 'minister' is diakonos, which means, 'a servant,' or 'one who executes the command of another.' The other Greek word used is hyperetes, which literally means, 'the under-rower,' or the subordinate who is doing the rowing of a boat. Thus, a minister works for both God and man in service. Just as Jesus was a servant to both God and man, so should all believers be.

  2. Jo Johnson:

    We are barrelling towards an incoherent Brexit that is going to leave us trapped in a subordinate relationship to the EU, with no say over the rules that will govern huge swathes of our economy.

  3. Michael Green:

    One of the biggest examples of this is that.... the CEO of McDonald's Corporation stepped down... and part of that was because he was having a relationship with a subordinate, now, it didn't say it wasn't consensual or that they had any complaints about it or anything of that nature, but just the very nature of having that kind of relationship in this #MeToo time shows bad judgment.

  4. Valeriy Akimenko:

    As Russia's taxman in chief, he's been in a senior but basically subordinate, technocrat post for a decade -- services for which he's been decorated. Mikhail Mishustin suggests there's a good chance Mikhail Mishustin's not going to think independently of President Vladimir Putin.

  5. Philip Roth:

    It isn't that you subordinate your ideas to the force of the facts in autobiography but that you construct a sequence of stories to bind up the facts with a persuasive hypothesis that unravels your history's meaning.

Translations for subordinate

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  • المرؤوسArabic
  • podřízený, podříditCzech
  • underordnetDanish
  • unterordnen, untergeordnetGerman
  • εξαρτημένος, δευτερεύων, υποτελήςGreek
  • subordinadoSpanish
  • فرودست, زیردست, تابعPersian
  • alamainen, väheksyä, alisteinen, alistaa, alainenFinnish
  • subordonnée, subordonnées, subordonné, subordonnésFrench
  • fo-ordaithe, fo-ordaigh, íochtaránachIrish
  • alárendeltHungarian
  • ژێرده‌سته‌Kurdish
  • ondergeschiktDutch
  • podrzędnyPolish
  • subordinado, subjugar, sujeitar, dominar, subordinar, submeter, subordinadaPortuguese
  • subordonat, subordonatăRomanian
  • подчинённый, подчинять, придаточныйRussian
  • потчињен, зависан, potčinjen, zavisan, potčinjeniSerbo-Croatian
  • underordnad, underordnaSwedish
  • అధీనTelugu

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