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Subject meaning

subject - 27 dictionary results

  1. 1. ( grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated
  2. 2. make accountable for; " He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors"
  3. 3. 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"
  4. 4. make subservient; force to submit or subdue
  5. 5. 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"
  6. 6. Placed or situated under; lying below, or in a lower situation.
  7. 7. Placed under the power of another; specifically ( International Law), owing allegiance to a particular sovereign or state; as, Jamaica is subject to Great Britain.
  8. 8. Exposed; liable; prone; disposed; as, a country subject to extreme heat; men subject to temptation.
  9. 9. Obedient; submissive.
  10. 10. That which is placed under the authority, dominion, control, or influence of something else.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. That which is subjected, or submitted to, any physical operation or process; specifically ( Anat.), a dead body used for the purpose of dissection.
  13. 13. That which is brought under thought or examination; that which is taken up for discussion, or concerning which anything is said or done.
  14. 14. The person who is treated of; the hero of a piece; the chief character.
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. That in which any quality, attribute, or relation, whether spiritual or material, inheres, or to which any of these appertain; substance; substratum.
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. The principal theme, or leading thought or phrase, on which a composition or a movement is based.
  19. 19. The incident, scene, figure, group, etc., which it is the aim of the artist to represent.
  20. 20. To bring under control, power, or dominion; to make subject; to subordinate; to subdue.
  21. 21. To expose; to make obnoxious or liable; as, credulity subjects a person to impositions.
  22. 22. To submit; to make accountable.
  23. 23. To make subservient.
  24. 24. To cause to undergo; as, to subject a substance to a white heat; to subject a person to a rigid test.
  25. 25. Being under authority; subordinate; liable; exposed.
  26. 26. One under another's authority; one owing allegiance to a sovereign; that which is treated or handled; theme.
  27. 27. To bring under the power of; put under; subdue; make liable to; cause to undergo.

subject - examples of usage

  1. But I must go back to my subject. - "Afoot in England", W.H. Hudson.
  2. What on earth has that to do with the subject? - "To-morrow?", Victoria Cross.
  3. I don't like very well to start the subject with him; but it's got to be done some time." - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
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