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The word "prominence" seems like it is being used as a verb in the definition below – am I wrong?

work done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole

This sentence comes from the definition of the word teamwork by Merriam-Webster's online dictionary.

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There, the subject of subordinating is all, and the object is personal prominence. So it is still a noun.

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Thank you for your explanation. I misunderstood "subordinating" as an adjective. –  czh Nov 22 '12 at 1:45
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