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subordinate

verb [T]  /səˈbɔr·dənˌeɪt/ us  
to treat someone or something as less important than something else: Japan has a tradition of subordinating individual desires to group goals.
subordination
noun [U] /səˌbɔr·dənˈeɪ·ʃən/
She studies patterns of domination and subordination among orangutans.
Translations of “subordinate”
in Korean 부차적인…
in Arabic تابِع…
in French subordonné (à)…
in Turkish ast, ast rütbede olan…
in Italian subalterno, secondario…
in Chinese (Traditional) 從屬的,下級的, 次要的…
in Russian второстепенный…
in Polish podrzędny, podporządkowany…
in Spanish subordinado…
in Portuguese subalterno, subordinado…
in German untergeordnet…
in Catalan subordinat…
in Japanese 補佐的な, 下位の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 从属的,下级的, 次要的…
(Definition of subordinate verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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