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Noun: subject  'súb,jekt or súb-jikt
  1. The thing or area being discussed
    "he didn't want to discuss that subject";
    - topic, theme
  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";
    - content, depicted object
  3. A branch of knowledge
    "teachers should be well trained in their subject"; "in what subject field is his doctorate?";
    - discipline, subject area, subject field, field, field of study, study, bailiwick
  4. Some situation or event that is thought about
    "he had been thinking about the subject for several years";
    - topic, issue, matter
  5. (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated
  6. 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";
    - case, guinea pig
  7. A person who owes allegiance to a particular nation
    "a monarch has a duty to his subjects";
    - national
  8. (logic) the first term of a proposition
Verb: subject  'súb,jekt or súb-jikt
  1. Cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to
    "He subjected me to his awful poetry"; "The sergeant subjected the new recruits to many drills"; "People in Chernobyl were subjected to radiation"
  2. Make accountable for
    "He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors"
  3. Make subservient; force to submit or subdue
    - subjugate
Adjective: subject  'súb,jekt or súb-jikt
  1. Possibly accepting or permitting
    "the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation";
    - capable, open
  2. Being under the power or sovereignty of another or others
    "subject peoples";
    - dependent
  3. Likely to be affected by something
    "the bond is subject to taxation"; "he is subject to fits of depression"

Derived forms: subjected, subjects, subjecting

See also: affected, subordinate, susceptible

Type of: affect, bear on, bear upon, cognitive content, constituent, content, domain, dominate, grammatical constituent, impact, individual, knowledge base, knowledge domain, master, mental object, message, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul, subject matter, submit, substance, term, thing, touch, touch on

Part of: country, land, nation, scene, view

Encyclopedia: Subject, verb, object