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 Senior Notes will be senior unsecured obligations of CIT and the Subordinated Notes will be unsecured and subordinated to CIT's senior indebtedness.
These securities are subordinated to all senior unsecured creditors.
The subordinated debt is subordinated to all senior debt of the company, including the company's obligations under its asset-based revolving credit facility with Bank of America.
In addition, the debentures will be effectively subordinated to all existing and future indebtedness and other liabilities, including policyholder obligations, of its subsidiaries.
If the easement donor wishes to utilize the tax deduction benefit associated with a historic preservation conservation easement donation, all mortgages (and other encumbrances) must be subordinated to the conservation easement.
* Their investments being subordinated to all except equity-holders, potential investors in subordinated debt would have strong incentives to monitor the riskiness of the bank.
It is unsecured and subordinated to their loan and, thus, is viewed as long-term capital.
Also, the senior notes will be senior unsecured obligations of the company and the subordinated notes will be unsecured and subordinated to its senior debt.
The proposed fixed-rate subordinated notes will qualify as lower Tier 2 capital and will be direct, unsecured, and subordinated to the claims of senior creditors.
The subordinated debt facility is unsecured and is subordinated to its senior credit facility.