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He handed the case down to one of his subordinate officers.
All members of the committee are subordinate to the chairman.
One or two subordinate questions arose during our discussions.
In this business everything is subordinate to making a profit.
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a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents
a large cake decorated or filled with sweet foods such as fruit, cream, and chocolate
to gossip or share personal information with someone …
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Definition of subordinate from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.