subordinate to

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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But where one genus is subordinate to another, there is nothing to prevent their having the same differentiae: for the greater class is predicated of the lesser, so that all the differentiae of the predicate will be differentiae also of the subject.
The limbs divided into great branches, and these into lesser and lesser branches, were themselves once, when the tree was small, budding twigs; and this connexion of the former and present buds by ramifying branches may well represent the classification of all extinct and living species in groups subordinate to groups.
It is a truly wonderful fact--the wonder of which we are apt to overlook from familiarity--that all animals and all plants throughout all time and space should be related to each other in group subordinate to group, in the manner which we everywhere behold--namely, varieties of the same species most closely related together, species of the same genus less closely and unequally related together, forming sections and sub-genera, species of distinct genera much less closely related, and genera related in different degrees, forming sub-families, families, orders, sub-classes, and classes.
The issue ranks subordinate to senior creditors, pari passu with senior subordinated securities and senior to any remaining deeply subordinated securities issued by UnipolSai.
The manager chooses his effort level, the number of subordinates, and the effort level of a subordinate to minimize the expected cost:
Meade repeated this process at the end of each day of the battle, asking each subordinate to report in turn and asking their opinions of the strategy laid out for the coming day.
It essentially provides that the claim cannot resemble a proprietary interest or be subordinate to general creditors' claims, nor can principal or interest payments depend on corporate earnings.
In liquidation it is subordinate to a company's senior debt but ahead of junior debt.
The Blackacre credit facility, which is subordinate to Insignia's senior credit facility, bears interest at an annual rate of 11.25% to 12.25%, payable quarterly, depending on the amount borrowed.
It is essentially a high-yield investment in the form of an unsecured loan, which is subordinate to conventional financing.
P8: If a leader negatively stereotypes a minority subordinate and attributes subordinate failure to lack of ability, the leader will either attempt to train the minority subordinate to make him/her cognizant of the leader's goals, or consider the subordinate untrainable and dismiss him/her.
|is greater than or equal to~ |+ or -~ .30) on the first dimension included how often the manager discussed topics with the subordinate (.84), how much time the manager gave to the subordinate when they talked about each topic (.79), and how often the manager encouraged the subordinate to initiate discussion (.73).
For example, in the case where a superior is typically not attentive, not friendly, and not relaxed in his or her communication with a subordinate, it is reasonable to expect the subordinate to infer that his or her boss does not think very much of their relationship.
Rick needs to spend time with his people explaining just what is truly valued by the new organization and why, then helping each direct subordinate to understand why accomplishing it is in his or her personal best interests as well--it's not just a matter of "because it's your job." And then the subordinate managers must likewise spend time with their own subordinates.
As the securities were created, some securities were designated to be subordinate to provide credit enhancement to the remaining pools.