subordinate

a) Placed in a lower class, rank, or position.

In the sentence, “The barbecue finished before John arrived”, the subordinate clause “before John arrived” specifies the time of the main clause, “The barbecue finished”.

b) Submissive to or controlled by authority.
2. noun
One that is subordinate.
3. verb
a) To make subservient.
b) To treat as of less value or importance.

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