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adjective subordinate pronunciation in British English /səˈbɔː(r)dɪnət/
  1. 1
    having less power or authority than someone else

    He handed the case down to one of his subordinate officers.

    subordinate to:

    All members of the committee are subordinate to the chairman.

  2. 2
    less important than something else

    One or two subordinate questions arose during our discussions.

    subordinate to:

    In this business everything is subordinate to making a profit.

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 subordinate pronunciation in British English /səˌbɔː(r)dɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]


a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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