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subordinateadjective

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.

subordinatenoun [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.

subordinateverb [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.
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