SUBOR'DINATE, adjective [Latin sub and ordinatus, from ordo, order.]
1. Inferior in order, in nature, in dignity, in power, importance, etc.; as subordinate officers.
It was subordinate not enslaved, to the understanding.
2. Descending in a regular series.
The several kinds and subordinate species of each, are easily distinguished.
SUBOR'DINATE, verb transitive To place in order or rank below something else; to make or consider as of less value or importance; as, to subordinate one creature to another; to subordinate temporal to spiritual things.
1. To make subject; as, to subordinate the passions to reason.