(redirected from subordinates)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial.

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.
See also: subordinate, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: subordinate, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
Moreover, based on the cultural self-representation model (Erez & Earley, 1993), subordinates' reactions to supervisors' treatment may depend on how subordinates view authority (Chen & Aryee, 2007).
Model Rule of Professional Conduct 5.2 provides that a subordinate lawyer is not excused from ethical responsibilities merely because he or she was acting at the direction of another lawyer.
First, when the degree of precision is exogenous and a leader chooses the number of followers optimally, we show that a more able manager consults a lower number of subordinates. The number of subordinates consulted does not change with the degree of openness of the manager.
The ability to influence subordinates, peers, and superiors is a major determinant of managerial effectiveness.
Meade took just the opposite tack in dealing with his key subordinates, having been one of their peers until just three days before the battle.
This ranges from the detection and recognition of their own personal and performance problems, motivation and distribution of workloads, and managerial elements of task accomplishment in terms of followership and command execution to the assumption of an atmosphere conducive to positive subordinate performance.
I recall one client whose bucho punched him in the stomach for not signing a customer to a loan he was "supposed to win." While that may, be extreme, any humiliation, and especially humiliation in front of others, will always be counterproductive--unless your goal is to have your subordinate leave your company and take others, with him.
Suppose you ask, "How do you like working here?" and your subordinate responds, "I think it's a pretty good company to work for." Most managers now turn to a different topic, feeling the question has been answered.
Skilled subordinates will become weary of working for such oafish individuals and will simply leave the organization.
In this paper, we examine two such mechanisms, specifically whether the use of budgets to allocate scarce resources or the provision of information about co-workers reduces the slack subordinates build into their budgets when firms use budgets for performance evaluation.
This 'greatest love' subordinates "the instinct" for self-preservation to the--deemed greater--good of another.
One of the most common complaints we hear from managers is the enormous amount of time they spend editing subordinates' writing.
For example, subordinates who toil in the office on weekends, arrive for work early, linger afterwards, and let everyone know it, are behaving in a manner believed to be preferred by the manager.
SUKKUR, January 08, 2012 (Frontier Star): Employees of all subordinate courts of district Sukkur continued their pen down strike on second consecutive day for acceptance of their demand on issuance of notification regarding pay raise.