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subject meaning and definition

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Definition of subject (noun)

  1. 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"
    • synonyms: theme, topic
  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"
    • synonyms: content, depicted object
  3. a branch of knowledge
  4. 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"
    • synonyms: issue, matter, topic
  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"; "the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities"
    • synonyms: case, guinea pig
  7. a person who owes allegiance to that nation
    • "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
    • synonyms: national
  8. (logic) the first term of a proposition


Definition of subject (verb)

  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
  4. refer for judgment or consideration
    • "The lawyers submitted the material to the court"
    • synonyms: submit

SUBJECT adjective

Definition of subject (adjective)

  1. 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"
    • synonyms: capable, open
  2. being under the power or sovereignty of another or others
    • "subject peoples"; "a dependent prince"
    • synonyms: dependent
  3. likely to be affected by something
    • "the bond is subject to taxation"; "he is subject to fits of depression"
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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