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Meaning & Definition of Subject in English

English

Subject

/səbʤɛkt/

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"
    synonym:
  • subject
  • ,
  • topic
  • ,
  • theme

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"
    synonym:
  • subject
  • ,
  • content
  • ,
  • depicted object

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • discipline
  • ,
  • subject
  • ,
  • subject area
  • ,
  • subject field
  • ,
  • field
  • ,
  • field of study
  • ,
  • study
  • ,
  • bailiwick

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"
    synonym:
  • topic
  • ,
  • subject
  • ,
  • issue
  • ,
  • matter

5. (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence

  • The grammatical constituent about which something is predicated
    synonym:
  • subject

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"
    synonym:
  • subject
  • ,
  • case
  • ,
  • guinea pig

7. A person who owes allegiance to that nation

  • "A monarch has a duty to his subjects"
    synonym:
  • national
  • ,
  • subject

8. (logic) the first term of a proposition

    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • subject

2. Make accountable for

  • "He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors"
    synonym:
  • subject

3. Make subservient

  • Force to submit or subdue
    synonym:
  • subjugate
  • ,
  • subject

4. Refer for judgment or consideration

  • "The lawyers submitted the material to the court"
    synonym:
  • submit
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • capable
  • ,
  • open
  • ,
  • subject

2. Being under the power or sovereignty of another or others

  • "Subject peoples"
  • "A dependent prince"
    synonym:
  • subject
  • ,
  • dependent

3. Likely to be affected by something

  • "The bond is subject to taxation"
  • "He is subject to fits of depression"
    synonym:
  • subject

Examples of using

I know the subject well.
French is my favorite subject.
French is my favorite subject.