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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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My home community, like many marginalized groups, was positioned subordinately in society.
(80) Burke recognized that the EIC had come to be 'a great empire, carrying on, subordinately, a great commerce'.
In other words, Byrhtnoth's subordinates are subordinately allowed to die the old-fashioned way.
Loving quite ahistorically (and repeatedly) implies that because what he chooses to characterize as feminism ("the contemporary debate or cause" [141]) is a twentieth-century phenomenon, the question of gender is only rarely, and generally subordinately, relevant to the work of criticism: "Ultimately, Isabel [Archer]'s problem is not with her gender .
On the other hand, the dominant masochist of one setting (the person who feels potentially, or has actually been, victimized by crime, for example) may react by becoming subordinately sadistic elsewhere, such as in his or her eagerness to embrace greater punishment of the already imprisoned prisoner, or by voting for politicians who wish to build more jails and favor "three strikes and you're out" displays of toughness.
To the slaves, meanwhile, it signified, subordinately, a horrifying force of their own dehumanization.
As the long as the model is white and male, women and people of color will always be conceptualized in the working-class movement as subordinately "different." Why not begin with the positions of people of color and white working-class women in the economy, our double and triple oppressions, and allow white men's concerns to be defined as "special social interests?
According to the model, the hydraulic conductivity strongly varies in function of the chosen opening set and subordinately in function of the spacing set.
Is not every one at the same moment conscious that there co-exist a thousand others in a darker shade, or less light; even as when I fix my attention on a white House on a gray bare Hill or rather long ridge that runs out of sight each way (How often I want the German [']unubersehbar[']?) the pretended single sensation is it in anything more than the Light-point in every picture either of nature or of a good painter; & again subordinately in every component part of the picture?
Bacterial mats, and subordinately anoxia and rapid burial, mainly due to the fast growth of mats, account for almost all of the processes involved in the genesis of the site following the classification of Seilacher et al.
The surface sediments of the riverbed in each point represent chiefly pebble grade and subordinately cobble grade (TABLE 2).
Mining of the pegmatites in the EBPP is mostly done by garimpeiros (diggers) in search of precious stones (multicolored tourmaline, aquamarine, topaz, brasilianite, kunzite), and subordinately for cassiterite, columbitetantalite, spodumene and pollucite.
Cementing material includes dominantly carbonate (mostly calcite) and subordinately non- carbonate cement including chlorite illite iron oxides and quartz.
SA2 lies south of the MBT in the Sub-Himalaya, and includes mainly the rocks of the Siwalik Group, and subordinately the Pre-Siwalik rocks.