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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


Antonymsinsusceptible, unsusceptible

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

SamplesSubject peoples.
A dependent prince.




3. subject likely to be affected by something

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



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.


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


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.


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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