from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Being in a position or in circumstances that place one under the power or authority of another or others.
  • adjective Prone; disposed.
  • adjective Likely to incur or receive; exposed.
  • adjective Contingent or dependent.
  • noun One who is under the rule of another or others, especially one who owes allegiance to a government or ruler.
  • noun One concerning which something is said or done; a person or thing being discussed or dealt with.
  • noun Something that is treated or indicated in a work of art.
  • noun Music A theme of a composition, especially a fugue.
  • noun A course or area of study.
  • noun A basis for action; a cause.
  • noun One that experiences or is subjected to something.
  • noun A person or animal that is the object of medical or scientific study.
  • noun A corpse intended for anatomical study and dissection.
  • noun One who is under surveillance.
  • noun Grammar The noun, noun phrase, or pronoun in a sentence or clause that denotes the doer of the action or what is described by the predicate.
  • noun Logic The term of a proposition about which something is affirmed or denied.
  • noun The essential nature or substance of something as distinguished from its attributes.
  • noun The mind or thinking part as distinguished from the object of thought.
  • transitive verb To cause to experience, undergo, or be acted upon.
  • transitive verb To subjugate; subdue.
  • transitive verb To submit to the authority of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To put, lay, or spread under; make subjacent.
  • To expose; make liable or obnoxious: with to: as, credulity subjects one to impositions.
  • To submit; make accountable, subservient, or the like; cause to undergo; expose, as in chemical or other operations: with to: as, to subject clay to a white heat.
  • To bring under power, dominion, or sway; subdue; subordinate.
  • To be or become subject.
  • noun In geometry, the figure cut by the picture-plane.
  • noun In experimental psychology: The observer or reactor; the person upon whom an experiment is made.
  • noun More correctly, the person, normal or abnormal in mental condition, who is subjected to a mental test or an examination of mental efficiency.
  • Placed or situated under or beneath.
  • Being under the power or dominion of another.
  • Exposed; liable, from extraneous or inherent causes; prone: with to: as, a country subject to extreme heat or cold; a person subject to attacks of fever.
  • Hence Exposed or liable, as to what may confirm or modify: with to: as, subject to your approval; subject to correction.
  • Submissive; obedient.
  • Synonyms Subordinate, subservient, inferior.
  • Apt, Likely, etc. See apt.
  • noun One who is placed under the authority, dominion, or controlling influence of another; specifically, one who owes allegiance to a sovereign and is governed by his laws; one who lives under the protection of, and owes allegiance to, a government.
  • noun A person or thing regarded as the recipient of certain treatment; one who or that which is exposed or liable to something specified.
  • noun Specifically— A dead body used for dissection.
  • noun One who is peculiarly sensitive to psychological experimentation; a sensitive.
  • noun One who or that which is the cause or occasion of something.
  • noun That on which any mental operation is performed; that which is thought, spoken, or treated of: as, a subject of discussion or negotiation; a subject for a sermon or a song; the subject of a story.
  • noun In grammar, that of which anything is affirmed; the nominative of a verb, without or with modifiers; the member or part of a sentence signifying that of which predication is made.
  • noun In logic, that term of a proposition of which the other is affirmed or denied.
  • noun In metaphysics: A real thing to which given characters relate and in which they are said to inhere.
  • noun In Kantian and modern philosophy, the self or ego to which in all thought all mental representations are attributed (according to Kant); also, a real (hypothetical) thing in which mental phenomena are supposed to inhere.
  • noun In music: In general, the theme or melodic phrase on which a work or movement is based, consisting of few or many tones variously combined and treated; a motive. When two or more principal subjects are used, they are often known as first, second, etc.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin subiectus, from past participle of sūbicere, to subject : sub-, sub- + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English subget, from Old French suget, from Latin subiectus ("lying under or near, adjacent, also subject, exposed"), as a noun, subiectus ("a subject, an inferior"), subiectum ("the subject of a proposition"), past participle of subiciō ("throw, lay, place"), from sub ("under, at the foot of") + iaciō ("throw, hurl").


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  • -- _Write five interrogative sentences, using the first word below as a subject; the second as a subject and then as a modifier of the subject; the third as a subject and then as a modifier of the subject_: --

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  • Knowing the anxiety that will be felt on this subject, though we doubt if the future King can be called _a subject_ at all, we have collected the following exclusive particulars: --

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  • Mr. Garnett having inquired what subject Butler and Jones would take up when they had finished “Narcissus, ” Butler said that they “might write an oratorio on some sacred subject”; and when Garnett asked whether they had anything in particular in mind, he replied that they were thinking of “The Woman Taken in Adultery.

    Samuel Butler: Diogenes of the Victorians 1921

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  • His words are, "to _yield obedience to_ the commands of a King, if against the true religion, against the ancient and fundamental laws of the land, is another sign of an ill subject:" -- "To _resist_ the lawful power of the King; to raise insurrection against the King; admit him adverse in his religion; _to conspire against his sacred person, or any ways to rebel, though commanding things against our consciences in exercising religion, or against the rights and privileges of the subject_, is an absolute sign of the disaffected and traitorous subject."

    Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1803

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