—adj. 1. placed in or belonging to a lower order or rank.
2. of less importance; secondary.
3. subject to or under the authority of a superior.
4. subservient or inferior.
5. subject; dependent.
6. Gram. a. acting as a modifier, as when I finished, which is subordinate to They were glad in They were glad when I finished. b. noting or pertaining to a subordinating conjunction.
—n. a subordinate person or thing.
—v.t. 1. to place in a lower order or rank.
2. to make secondary (usually fol. by to): to subordinate work to pleasure. 3. to make subject, subservient, or dependent (usually fol. by to): to subordinate passion to reason.