Meaning of subject
Pronunciation: (n., adj.sub'jiktv.s&schwab&sylpjekt'), [key]
- that which forms a basic matter of thought, discussion, investigation, etc.: a subject of conversation.
- a branch of knowledge as a course of study: He studied four subjects in his first year at college.
- a motive, cause, or ground: a subject for complaint.
- the theme of a sermon, book, story, etc.
- the principal melodic motif or phrase in a musical composition, esp. in a fugue.
- an object, scene, incident, etc., chosen by an artist for representation, or as represented in art.
- a person who is under the dominion or rule of a sovereign.
- a person who owes allegiance to a government and lives under its protection: four subjects of Sweden.
- (in English and many other languages) a syntactic unit that functions as one of the two main constituents of a simple sentence, the other being the predicate, and that consists of a noun, noun phrase, or noun substitute which often refers to the one performing the action or being in the state expressed by the predicate, as He in He gave notice.
- a person or thing that undergoes or may undergo some action: As a dissenter, he found himself the subject of the group's animosity.
- a person or thing under the control or influence of another.
- a person as an object of medical, surgical, or psychological treatment or experiment.
- a cadaver used for dissection.
- that term of a proposition concerning which the predicate is affirmed or denied.
- that which thinks, feels, perceives, intends, etc., as contrasted with the objects of thought, feeling, etc.
- the self or ego.
- that in which qualities or attributes inhere; substance.
- being under domination, control, or influence (often fol. by to).
- being under dominion, rule, or authority, as of a sovereign, state, or some governing power; owing allegiance or obedience (often fol. by to).
- open or exposed (usually fol. by to): subject to ridicule.
- being dependent or conditional upon something (usually fol. by to): His consent is subject to your approval.
- being under the necessity of undergoing something (usually fol. by to): All beings are subject to death.
- liable; prone (usually fol. by to): subject to headaches.
- to bring under domination, control, or influence (usually fol. by to).
- to bring under dominion, rule, or authority, as of a conqueror or a governing power (usually fol. by to).
- to cause to undergo the action of something specified; expose (usually fol. by to): to subject metal to intense heat.
- to make liable or vulnerable; lay open; expose (usually fol. by to): to subject oneself to ridicule.
- to place beneath something; make subjacent.
- subject (Thesaurus)