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Adjective: subordinating  sub'or-du,ney-ting
  1. (grammar) serving to connect a subordinate clause to a main clause
    "'when' in 'I will come when I can' is a subordinating conjunction";
    - subordinative
Verb: subordinate  su'bor-du-nut or su'bord-nut
  1. Rank or order as less important or consider of less value
    "Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools"
  2. Make subordinate, dependent, or subservient
    "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler";
    - subdue

Type of: grade, lower, order, place, range, rank, rate

Encyclopedia: Subordinate