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subordinate

adjective uk   /səˈbɔː.dɪ.nət/ us    /-ˈbɔːr-/
having a lower or less important position: a subordinate role subordinate status The individual's needs are subordinate to those of the group.

subordinate

noun [C] uk   /səˈbɔː.dɪ.nət/ us    /-ˈbɔːr-/
a person who has a less important position than you in an organization: He left the routine checks to one of his subordinates.

subordinate

verb [T] uk   /səˈbɔː.dɪ.neɪt/ us    /-ˈbɔːr-/
to put someone or something into a less important position: Her personal life has been subordinated to her career.
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…
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