From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsubordinatesub‧or‧di‧nate1 /səˈbɔːdənət $ -ˈbɔːr-/ ●○○AWL adjective1in a less important position than someone elsea subordinate officersubordinate toWomen were subordinate to men.2less important than something else syn secondarysubordinate toThese aims were subordinate to the main aims of the mission.
subordinate• But other seniormanagers had to convince their colleagues and subordinates of the value of this approach.• The idea of being evaluated by subordinates makes some managers uneasy.• The prospect of being judged by subordinates made some managers very uneasy.• Costello will have five directsubordinates.• In other words, if a manager has five subordinates, the span of control is five.• If something has gone badly, one of his subordinates will be criticized in an editorial.• Indeed, Nagumo, passive though he was, did not always leave everything to his subordinates.• By conferring with his subordinates before making any decision, the manager will take account of their advice and feelings.• The focus of change is directed toward improving the way superiors use power to managesubordinates.• If the subordinate has to be so elaborately controlled the supervisor might just as well undertake the task.• Like the subordinates, most superiors felt the managers' interfaceresponsibilities were crucial.subordinatesub‧or‧di‧nate3 /səˈbɔːdəneɪt $ -ˈbɔːr-/AWL verb [transitive]LOW POSITION OR RANKto put someone or something in a less important positionsubordinate somebody/something to somebody/somethingWhy subordinate your wishes to those of your family? —subordination /səˌbɔːdəˈneɪʃən $ -ˌbɔːr-/ noun [uncountable]→ See Verb table
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subordinate• She's quite talented but she subordinates all her interests to his.• According to this view, Idealism had made the mistake of subordinating political considerations to moral considerations.• In this period, justice is subordinated to adult authority.• Did this mean that Aquitaine was going to be permanently subordinated to the ruler of the Anglo-Norman realm?• Back to Tradition was the slogan, and if that included subordinating women, so be it.• After the fall, these alliances continued, and both parties had strong interests in subordinating women.From Longman Business Dictionarysubordinatesub‧or‧di‧nate1 /səˈbɔːdənət-ˈbɔːr-/ adjectiveless important or powerful than something or someonea subordinate role on the committeesubordinate toa commission that is subordinate to the Security Councilsubordinatesubordinate2 noun [countable]HUMAN RESOURCESJOBsomeone who has a lower position and less authority than someone else in an organizationSupervisors are regularly evaluated by their subordinates.