Synonyms of subject


1. subject, topic, theme, message, content, subject matter, substance

usage: 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. subject, content, depicted object, thing

usage: 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"

3. discipline, subject, subject area, subject field, field, field of study, study, bailiwick, knowledge domain, knowledge base, domain

usage: 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"

4. topic, subject, issue, matter, content, cognitive content, mental object

usage: 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. subject, constituent, grammatical constituent

usage: (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated

6. subject, case, guinea pig, person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul

usage: 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"

7. national, subject, person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul

usage: a person who owes allegiance to that nation; "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"

8. subject, term

usage: (logic) the first term of a proposition


1. subject, affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch

usage: 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"

2. subject, submit

usage: make accountable for; "He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors"

3. subjugate, subject, dominate, master

usage: make subservient; force to submit or subdue

4. submit, subject, refer

usage: refer for judgment or consideration; "The lawyers submitted the material to the court"


1. capable, open, subject, susceptible (vs. unsusceptible)

usage: 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"

2. subject, dependent, subordinate (vs. insubordinate)

usage: being under the power or sovereignty of another or others; "subject peoples"; "a dependent prince"

3. subject, affected (vs. unaffected)

usage: likely to be affected by something; "the bond is subject to taxation"; "he is subject to fits of depression"

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Definition and meaning of subject (Dictionary)