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Dictionary definition for: Subject

1. (n) 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"

2. (v) 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"

3. (s) 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"

4. (n) 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"

5. (v) make accountable for; "He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors"

6. (n) 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"

7. (s) being under the power or sovereignty of another or others; "subject peoples" "a dependent prince"

8. (v) make subservient; force to submit or subdue

9. (v) refer for judgment or consideration; "She submitted a proposal to the agency"

10. (n) 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"

11. (n) 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"

12. (n) a person who owes allegiance to that nation; "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"

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

14. (n) (logic) the first term of a proposition

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