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English adjective: subject

1. subject possibly accepting or permitting


SamplesA 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.


Synonymscapable, open


Similarsusceptible


Antonymsinsusceptible, unsusceptible

2. subject being under the power or sovereignty of another or others


SamplesSubject peoples.
A dependent prince.


Synonymsdependent


Similarsubordinate


Antonymsinsubordinate

3. subject likely to be affected by something


SamplesThe bond is subject to taxation.
He is subject to fits of depression.


Similaraffected


Antonymsunaffected


English noun: subject

1. subject (communication) the subject matter of a conversation or discussion


SamplesHe didn't want to discuss that subject.
It was a very sensitive topic.
His letters were always on the theme of love.


Synonymstheme, topic


Broader (hypernym)content, message, subject matter, substance


Narrower (hyponym)bone of contention, head, keynote, precedent, question

2. subject (artifact) something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation


SamplesA moving picture of a train is more dramatic than a still picture of the same subject.


Synonymscontent, depicted object


Broader (hypernym)thing


Part meronymscene, view

3. subject (cognition) a branch of knowledge


SamplesIn what discipline is his doctorate?.
Teachers should be well trained in their subject.
Anthropology is the study of human beings.


Synonymsbailiwick, discipline, field, field of study, study, subject area, subject field


Broader (hypernym)domain, knowledge base, knowledge domain


Narrower (hyponym)allometry, applied science, architecture, arts, bibliotics, communication theory, communications, divinity, engineering, engineering science, escapology, frontier, futuristics, futurology, genealogy, graphology, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts, major, military science, numerology, occultism, ology, protology, science, scientific discipline, technology, theogony, theology

4. subject (cognition) some situation or event that is thought about


SamplesHe kept drifting off the topic.
He had been thinking about the subject for several years.
It is a matter for the police.


Synonymsissue, matter, topic


Broader (hypernym)cognitive content, content, mental object


Narrower (hyponym)area, blind spot, remit, res adjudicata, res judicata

5. subject (communication) (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated


Broader (hypernym)constituent, grammatical constituent


Domain categorygrammar

6. subject (person) a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation


SamplesThe subjects for this investigation were selected randomly.
The cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities.


Synonymscase, guinea pig


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

7. subject (person) a person who owes allegiance to that nation


SamplesA monarch has a duty to his subjects.


Synonymsnational


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul


Narrower (hyponym)citizen, compatriot, nationalist, patriot


Member meronymcountry, land, nation

8. subject (communication) (logic) the first term of a proposition


Broader (hypernym)term


Domain categorylogic


English verb: subject

1. subject (perception) cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to


SamplesHe subjected me to his awful poetry.
The sergeant subjected the new recruits to many drills.
People in Chernobyl were subjected to radiation.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on


Narrower (hyponym)bacterise, bacterize, expose, expose, incur, put, refract, shipwreck, vitriol


Causeexperience, go through, see

2. subject (competition) make accountable for


SamplesHe did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)submit

3. subject (social) make subservient; force to submit or subdue


Synonymssubjugate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)dominate, master


Narrower (hyponym)dragoon, enslave

4. subject (communication) refer for judgment or consideration


SamplesThe lawyers submitted the material to the court.


Synonymssubmit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)refer


Narrower (hyponym)give, pass on, relegate, return, submit









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