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definition of the word subordinate

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subordinate (comparative more subordinate, superlative most subordinate)

Positive
subordinate

Comparative
more subordinate

Superlative
most subordinate

  1. Placed in a lower class, rank, or position.
  2. Submissive to or controlled by authority.
  3. (grammar, of a clause, not comparable) dependent on and either modifying or complementing the main clause
    In the sentence, “The barbecue finished before John arrived”, the subordinate clause “before John arrived” specifies the time of the main clause, “The barbecue finished”.


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