subordinate (adj.) Look up subordinate at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., "having an inferior rank," from Medieval Latin subordinatus "placed in a lower order, made subject," past participle of subordinare "place in a lower order," from Latin sub "under" (see sub-) + ordinare "arrange, set in order" (see ordain). Related: Subordinance; subordinant; subordinately. For "of or pertaining to the classificatory rank of a suborder," subordinal (1842) is used.
subordinate (n.) Look up subordinate at Dictionary.com
"one inferior in power, rank, office, etc.," 1630s, from subordinate (adj.).
subordinate (v.) Look up subordinate at Dictionary.com
"to bring into a subordinate position to something else, to make of less value, to make auxiliary or dependent," 1590s, from Medieval Latin subordinatus (see subordinate (adj.)). Related: Subordinated; subordinating.