subordinate to (someone or something)

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subordinate to (someone or something)

1. adjective Subject to the control or authority of someone or something else. They want me to oversee all day-to-day duties of this branch, but I'll still be subordinate to the regional manager. The strength of an economic market is still subordinate to that country's level of industrialization.
2. adjective Lesser or inferior in importance or authority compared to someone or something else; secondary to someone or something. Right now I consider those issues to be subordinate to having a good first impression from consumers. It can be hard when you feel subordinate to some of the other people in you
3. verb To cause someone, something, or oneself controlled by or subservient to someone or something else. The buyout will subordinate their company to the massive conglomerate that purchased them. He wasn't willing to subordinate himself to the board of directors, so they forced him to resign.
4. verb To make someone, something, or oneself lesser, inferior, or secondary to someone or something else. You're never going to get ahead in this industry if you keep subordinating yourself to others. You've got to believe in yourself, or else no one else will. It's clear that they subordinated safety to aesthetics when they were designing this car.
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subordinate someone or something to (someone or something else)

to put someone in an inferior position to someone else; to put something in an inferior position to something else. I am going to have to subordinate you to the other manager, because she has more experience. The first thing you learn is that you must subordinate yourself to your boss.
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The women must subordinate themselves to men, do not discuss theology, and often weep.
Under some circumstances, you may have to direct other employees to subordinate themselves to the person assigned the task for any work associated with it.
Although the minister repeatedly argued that his government "does not follow US policies, but fashions its own policy independently yet in close coordination with the EU and the US," the audience did not seem to be convinced, with several audience members, including Political Sciences Professor Ahmed Mousalli, accusing the United Kingdom of toeing the US line in foreign policy and not supporting those who believe in the political process unless they subordinate themselves to the West.
How can a system that has been built upon the covert maxim that black people are 'dangerous', 'savage', 'inferior' (but nonetheless 'entertaining) and must at all times subordinate themselves to white sensibilities and white supremacy, have any genuine level of concern for that continent?
The small brewers long ago realized that they cannot subordinate themselves to the big brewers, who have a distressing habit of throwing their weight around.
This, he believes, has fuelled a certain willingness on their part to become Christians, and to subordinate themselves to external agents and institutions.
We must have a hierarchy and everyone must subordinate themselves to it."
Courtiers such as Ralegh/Timias learn to subordinate themselves to Belphoebe/Elizabeth and her active, virginal lifestyle; other men learn to subordinate themselves not to their ladies but to love; each exemplary woman takes her lover "for her lord."