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Definitions of subject

  1. a branch of knowledge; " in what discipline is his doctorate?"; " teachers should be well trained in their subject"; " anthropology is the study of human beings"
  2. something ( a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation; " a moving picture of a train is more dramatic than a still picture of the same subject"
  3. being under the power or sovereignty of another or others; " subject peoples"; " a dependent prince"
  4. a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation; " the subjects for this investigation were selected randomly"; " the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities"
  5. some situation or event that is thought about; " he kept drifting off the topic"; " he had been thinking about the subject for several years"; " it is a matter for the police"
  6. a person who owes allegiance to that nation; " a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
  7. one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated
  8. ( logic) the first term of a proposition
  9. make vulnerable or liable to; " People in Chernobyl were subjected to radiation"
  10. cause to experience or suffer; " He subjected me to his awful poetry"; " The sergeant subjected the new recruits to many drills"
  11. not exempt from tax; " the gift will be subject to taxation"
  12. refer for judgment or consideration; " She submitted a proposal to the agency"
  13. ( grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated
  14. make accountable for; " He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors"
  15. possibly accepting or permitting; " a passage capable of misinterpretation"; " open to interpretation"; " an issue open to question"; " the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation"
  16. Placed or situated under; lying below, or in a lower situation.
  17. Placed under the power of another; specifically ( International Law), owing allegiance to a particular sovereign or state; as, Jamaica is subject to Great Britain.
  18. Exposed; liable; prone; disposed; as, a country subject to extreme heat; men subject to temptation.
  19. Obedient; submissive.
  20. That which is placed under the authority, dominion, control, or influence of something else.
  21. Specifically: One who is under the authority of a ruler and is governed by his laws; one who owes allegiance to a sovereign or a sovereign state; as, a subject of Queen Victoria; a British subject; a subject of the United States.
  22. That which is subjected, or submitted to, any physical operation or process; specifically ( Anat.), a dead body used for the purpose of dissection.
  23. That which is brought under thought or examination; that which is taken up for discussion, or concerning which anything is said or done.
  24. The person who is treated of; the hero of a piece; the chief character.
  25. That of which anything is affirmed or predicated; the theme of a proposition or discourse; that which is spoken of; as, the nominative case is the subject of the verb.
  26. That in which any quality, attribute, or relation, whether spiritual or material, inheres, or to which any of these appertain; substance; substratum.
  27. Hence, that substance or being which is conscious of its own operations; the mind; the thinking agent or principal; the ego. Cf. Object, n., 2.
  28. The principal theme, or leading thought or phrase, on which a composition or a movement is based.
  29. The incident, scene, figure, group, etc., which it is the aim of the artist to represent.
  30. To bring under control, power, or dominion; to make subject; to subordinate; to subdue.
  31. To expose; to make obnoxious or liable; as, credulity subjects a person to impositions.
  32. To submit; to make accountable.
  33. To make subservient.
  34. To cause to undergo; as, to subject a substance to a white heat; to subject a person to a rigid test.
  35. One who is under the power or control of another; one who owes allegiance to a monarch; as, the rights of subjects; that which is treated in writing, speaking, etc., or concerning which anything is said or done; topic; the word or word group in a sentence, denoting that of which anything is affirmed: distinguished from predicate, the thing affirmed.
  36. Being under the power or control of another; as, to be subject to a king; exposed; liable: with to; as, subject to temptation; subject to change.
  37. To bring under power or control; to make subordinate or secondary; render liable; expose; as, to subject a person to unpleasantness; to cause to undergo; as, to subject a substance to heat.
  38. Under the power of another: liable, exposed: subordinate: subservient.
  39. One under the power of another: one under allegiance to a sovereign: that on which any operation is performed: that which is treated or handled: ( anat.) a dead body for dissection: ( art) that which it is the object of the artist to express: that of which anything is said: topic: matter, materials.
  40. To throw or bring under: to bring under the power of: to make subordinate or subservient: to subdue: to ensalve: to expose or make liable to: to cause to undergo.
  41. Being under authority; subordinate; liable; exposed.
  42. One under another's authority; one owing allegiance to a sovereign; that which is treated or handled; theme.
  43. To make subject; submit; subdue; render liable to, as a penalty.
  44. Subjection.
  45. Being under the power of another; subordinate; liable.
  46. One who is under the government of a monarch.
  47. Something subjected to operation, thought, emotion, or discussion; in grammar, the word or phrase denoting the thing spoken of; the nominative case.
  48. Being under the power and dominion of another; liable from extraneous or from inherent causes; prone; disposed; being that on which a thing operates; obedient.
  49. One who owes allegiance to a sovereign, and is governed by his laws; that on which any mental operation is performed; that which is treated or handled; that on which any physical operation is performed; that in which anything inheres or exists; the person who is treated of; the hero of a piece; that term of a proposition of which another is predicated; the principal melody or theme of a movement; that which it is the object and aim of the artist to express; a dead body for the purpose of dissection.
  50. To bring under the power or dominion of; to put under; to enslave; to expose; to submit; to cause to undergo.
  51. Being or living under the power or dominion of another; exposed; liable, either from extraneous or inherent causes; obedient; tributary.
  52. One who owes allegiance to a sovereign; one who lives under the dominion of another; that which is treated or handled in speaking, writing, art, & c.; materials; matter; a dead body for dissection; the theme; the topic; the hero of a piece; in logic and gram., that part of a proposition concerning which anything is affirmed or denied.
  53. To bring under; to subdue; to expose; to make liable; to put under or within the power of; to enslave; to cause to undergo.
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Usage examples for subject

  1. Please say no more; please don't follow up that subject. – Washington Square by Henry James
  2. And a pretty subject it is! – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  3. Have you ever heard me say a word I ought not on such a subject? – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  4. Or about any other subject. – The Disturbing Charm by Berta Ruck
  5. It made me laugh again, upon which she changed the subject. – The Guest of Quesnay by Booth Tarkington
  6. She abruptly left the subject. – Their Silver Wedding Journey by William Dean Howells
  7. Muriel said no more to him upon the subject of Nick. – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  8. There was no subject but that one. – Kent Knowles: Quahaug by Joseph C. Lincoln
  9. But do tell Daisy, will you, doctor, said Preston, that it is a subject she cannot understand yet. – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  10. Then he returned to the subject. – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  11. " I only remained to have a little quiet talk with you on this subject. – Under a Charm, Vol. II. (of III) A Novel by E. Werner
  12. Dollar asked no questions at all; they dropped the subject there in the drive. – The Crime Doctor by Ernest William Hornung
  13. However, let us talk of a more interesting subject; for instance, yourself. – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  14. Are all things here subject to Him? – Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation by S. D. Gordon
  15. Jessy changed the subject. – Vane of the Timberlands by Harold Bindloss
  16. The subject is to be about women as they are. – The Time of Roses by L. T. Meade
  17. To go from one subject to another, observed Mr. Carlyle; there is a question I have long thought to put to you, Thorn, did we ever meet again. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  18. Nell Blossom was a subject of thought he could not escape. – The Heart of Canyon Pass by Thomas K. Holmes
  19. " Well, I am rather tired of that subject," she said, " and so I reckon it is just as well that you should stay here by your fire- I see you have one there- and that I should take my walk by myself." – The Late Mrs. Null by Frank Richard Stockton
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