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noun

  • () the subject matter of a conversation or discussion  ( topic, theme, subject )
    the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
     he didn't want to discuss that subject
    he didn't want to discuss that subject
     it was a very sensitive topic
    it was a very sensitive topic
     his letters were always on the theme of love
    his letters were always on the theme of love
  • () something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation  ( content, depicted object, subject )
    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
    a moving picture of a train is more dramatic than a still picture of the same subject
  • () a branch of knowledge  ( bailiwick, field of study, subject area, subject field, discipline, study, subject, field )
    a branch of knowledge
     in what discipline is his doctorate?
    in what discipline is his doctorate?
     teachers should be well trained in their subject
    teachers should be well trained in their subject
     anthropology is the study of human beings
    anthropology is the study of human beings
  • () some situation or event that is thought about  ( issue, topic, subject, matter )
    some situation or event that is thought about
     he kept drifting off the topic
    he kept drifting off the topic
     he had been thinking about the subject for several years
    he had been thinking about the subject for several years
     it is a matter for the police
    it is a matter for the police
  • () (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated  ( subject )
    (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated
  • () a person who owes allegiance to that nation  ( national, subject )
    a person who owes allegiance to that nation
     a monarch has a duty to his subjects
    a monarch has a duty to his subjects
  • () a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation  ( guinea pig, subject, case )
    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 subjects for this investigation were selected randomly
     the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities
    the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities
  • (logic) the first term of a proposition  ( subject )
    (logic) the first term of a proposition
  • adj

  • likely to be affected by something  ( subject )
    likely to be affected by something
     the bond is subject to taxation
    the bond is subject to taxation
     he is subject to fits of depression
    he is subject to fits of depression
  • being under the power or sovereignty of another or others  ( dependent, subject )
    being under the power or sovereignty of another or others
     subject peoples
    subject peoples
     a dependent prince
    a dependent prince
  • possibly accepting or permitting  ( open, subject, capable )
    possibly accepting or permitting
     a passage capable of misinterpretation
    a passage capable of misinterpretation
     open to interpretation
    open to interpretation
     an issue open to question
    an issue open to question
     the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation
    the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation
  • verb

  • () cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to  ( subject )
    cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to
     He subjected me to his awful poetry
    He subjected me to his awful poetry
     The sergeant subjected the new recruits to many drills
    The sergeant subjected the new recruits to many drills
     People in Chernobyl were subjected to radiation
    People in Chernobyl were subjected to radiation
  • () make accountable for  ( subject )
    make accountable for
     He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors
    He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors
  • () make subservient; force to submit or subdue  ( subjugate, subject )
    make subservient; force to submit or subdue