1 Often, subordinate to. minor; inferior (to), lower (than), lesser (than), secondary (to), second (to), junior (to), subsidiary (to); next to, below, beneath, under:
He had to accept a subordinate position in the new company. His new job is subordinate to that of purchasing director.
2 assistant, aide, junior, subaltern, staff member; underling, hireling, inferior, lackey, servant, slave, vassal; Colloq US staffer:
She is a subordinate to the editor-in-chief.
3 make (something) secondary:
Too many subordinate community interest to personal greed.