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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Successfully walking this balance without subordinating themselves to other state organs therefore makes or breaks constitutional commissions.
Ventura traces the conceptual and ideological sources promoting breast-feeding in modern Western society, a period in which the very concept of womanhood changed as women were simultaneously idealized and differentiated from men, while subordinating themselves to men's interests.
The women in the Lienu zhuan are not just seen subordinating themselves to men, but are more importantly perceived as a means to sustain dynastic power or family prestige.
Paradoxically, women themselves participate in their own discrimination by subordinating themselves to men and the gender-biased nation.
As a curiosity, let me just mention a marginal pamphlet in which we encounter a strangely nomistic understanding of Gen 3:16: Nuns are accused of refusing the obedience they owe as women to God and to male persons when they lock themselves in in a convent instead of having children and subordinating themselves to their husbands.
Professor Lerer watches the fifteenth-century writers and readers watching Chaucer and "canonizing" him in the process, not simply by exerting their own authority over his texts (though they do commandeer certain texts imperiously enough), but more fundamentally by subordinating themselves to his authority.