(1)   Likely to be affected by something (especially something unpleasant)
"The bond is subject to taxation"
"He is subject to fits of depression"
(2)   Being under the power or sovereignty of another or others
"Subject peoples"
"A dependent prince"
(3)   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"


(4)   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"
(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 branch of knowledge
"In what discipline is his doctorate?"
"Teachers should be well trained in their subject"
"Anthropology is the study of human beings"
(7)   (grammar) 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)   The subject matter of a conversation or discussion
"He didn't want to discuss that subject"
"It was a very sensitive topic"
"His letters were always on the theme of love"
(10)   A person who owes allegiance to that nation
"A monarch has a duty to his subjects"
(11)   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"


(12)   Refer for judgment or consideration
"She submitted a proposal to the agency"
(13)   Make accountable for
"He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors"
(14)   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"
(15)   Make subservient; force to submit or subdue


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  1. of a person, people or place who are ruled by another
    The Roman Empire ruled many subject territories.


  1. In a clause: the word or word group (usually a noun phrase) that is dealt with. In active clauses with verbs denoting an action, the subject and the actor are usually the same.
    “In the sentence ‘The mouse is eaten by the cat in the kitchen.’, ‘The mouse’ is the subject, ‘the cat’ being the agent.”
  2. The main topic of a paper, work of art, discussion, etc.
  3. A particular area of study.
    Her favorite subject is physics.
  4. A citizen in a monarchy.
    I am a British subject.
  5. A person ruled over by another, especially a monarch or state authority.


  1. To cause (someone or something) to undergo a particular experience, especially one that is unpleasant or unwanted.