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  1. subordinate clause

    • IPA[səˈbôrd(ə)nət ˌklôz]

    美式

    • n.
      a clause, typically introduced by a conjunction, that forms part of and is dependent on a main clause (e.g., “when it rang” in “she answered the phone when it rang”).
    • noun: subordinate clause, plural noun: subordinate clauses