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"subordinate" in British English

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subordinateadjective

uk   /səˈbɔː.dɪ.nət/  us   /-ˈbɔːr-/

subordinatenoun [C]

uk   /səˈbɔː.dɪ.nət/  us   /-ˈbɔːr-/

subordinateverb [T]

uk   /səˈbɔː.dɪ.neɪt/  us   /-ˈbɔːr-/
(Definition of subordinate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"subordinate" in American English

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subordinateadjective

 us   /səˈbɔr·dən·ət/
having a ​lower or less ​importantposition: I’m ​happy in a subordinate ​role.
subordinate
noun [C]  us   /səˈbɔr·dən·ət/
You need to ​assign this ​job to a subordinate.

subordinateverb [T]

 us   /səˈbɔr·dənˌeɪt/
to ​treat someone or something as less ​important than something ​else: Japan has a ​tradition of subordinating ​individualdesires to ​groupgoals.
subordination
noun [U]  /səˌbɔr·dənˈeɪ·ʃən/
She ​studiespatterns of ​domination and subordination among orangutans.
(Definition of subordinate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"subordinate" in Business English

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subordinateadjective

uk   us   /səˈbɔːdənət/
WORKPLACE having less ​power or a ​lowerposition than someone else in a ​company or an ​organization: subordinate to sb The ​condition of motherhood often makes women subordinate to men in the ​workplace.a subordinate employee/position/role Before ​reaching the ​level of ​head chef, there was the hard ​work and subordinate ​positions in kitchens. Women are in the ​minority in the ​office and are of subordinate ​status to most of their ​malecolleagues.
less important than something else: Primary ​legislation can be ​amended; subordinate ​legislation cannot.subordinate to sth The ​institute will make the ​acquireddebt subordinate to any new ​banklending.
[before noun] FINANCE →  subordinated

subordinatenoun [C]

uk   us   /səˈbɔːdənət/
WORKPLACE a ​person who has a less important ​position than you in a ​company or an ​organization: Seniormanagers had to convince their ​colleagues and subordinates of the ​value of this ​approach.

subordinateverb [T]

uk   us   /səˈbɔːdɪneɪt/
to put someone or something into a less important ​position: Management ​found itself subordinated to the ​markets.
(Definition of subordinate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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