Subordinate Sub*or"di*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Subordinated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Subordinating}.] 1. To place in a lower order or class; to make or consider as of less value or importance; as, to subordinate one creature to another. [1913 Webster]

2. To make subject; to subject or subdue; as, to subordinate the passions to reason. [1913 Webster] -- {Sub*or"di*nate*ly}, adv. -- {Sub*or"di*nate*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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