[ US /ˈsəbdʒɪkt, səbˈdʒɛkt/ ]
  1. 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
  2. (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated
  3. 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
  4. some situation or event that is thought about
    he had been thinking about the subject for several years
    it is a matter for the police
    he kept drifting off the topic
  5. 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
  6. a person who owes allegiance to that nation
    a monarch has a duty to his subjects
  7. (logic) the first term of a proposition
  8. a branch of knowledge
    anthropology is the study of human beings
    in what discipline is his doctorate?
    teachers should be well trained in their subject
  1. cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to
    People in Chernobyl were subjected to radiation
    The sergeant subjected the new recruits to many drills
    He subjected me to his awful poetry
  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
  1. possibly accepting or permitting
    a passage capable of misinterpretation
    open to interpretation
    the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation
    an issue open to question
  2. likely to be affected by something
    the bond is subject to taxation
    he is subject to fits of depression
  3. being under the power or sovereignty of another or others
    a dependent prince
    subject peoples
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How To Use subject In A Sentence

  • They will also force schools to put more emphasis on teaching basic subjects.
  • The performance had the legislature, including the subjects of the barbs, rocking with laughter.
  • There will always be debate about who deserves honours, all of it highly subjective.
  • The tax assessor determined that the property was subject to taxation based on its infrequent use for religious purposes. Christianity Today
  • “Come, come, clerk,” continued he, “catechise him a little on this subject.” The Adventures of Roderick Random
  • The officer was then subjected to a torrent of racial abuse. Times, Sunday Times
  • a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject
  • Though her color palette has brightened over the years and animal heads have shrunk a bit from cartoonish proportions of earlier years, her distinctive style soft paintings she calls "cutes" and her choice of subject NYT > Home Page
  • Thus, the power of drawing iron is one of the ideas of the complex one of that substance we call a loadstone; and a power to be so drawn is a part of the complex one we call iron: which powers pass for inherent qualities in those subjects. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
  • Four principal types of source pertain to the subject: literature, works of graphic or plastic art, archaeological remains, and notated pieces of music.
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