What does subject mean?

Definitions for subject
ˈsʌb dʒɪkt; səbˈdʒɛktsub·ject

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word subject.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. subject, topic, theme(noun)

    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(noun)

    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(noun)

    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(noun)

    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(noun)

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

  6. subject, case, guinea pig(noun)

    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(noun)

    a person who owes allegiance to that nation

    "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"

  8. subject(adj)

    (logic) the first term of a proposition

  9. capable, open, subject(adj)

    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"

  10. subject, dependent(adj)

    being under the power or sovereignty of another or others

    "subject peoples"; "a dependent prince"

  11. subject(verb)

    likely to be affected by something

    "the bond is subject to taxation"; "he is subject to fits of depression"

  12. subject(verb)

    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"

  13. subject(verb)

    make accountable for

    "He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors"

  14. subjugate, subject(verb)

    make subservient; force to submit or subdue

  15. submit, subject(verb)

    refer for judgment or consideration

    "The lawyers submitted the material to the court"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subject(adj)

    placed or situated under; lying below, or in a lower situation

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  2. Subject(adj)

    placed under the power of another; specifically (International Law), owing allegiance to a particular sovereign or state; as, Jamaica is subject to Great Britain

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  3. Subject(adj)

    exposed; liable; prone; disposed; as, a country subject to extreme heat; men subject to temptation

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  4. Subject(adj)

    obedient; submissive

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  5. Subject(adj)

    that which is placed under the authority, dominion, control, or influence of something else

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  6. Subject(adj)

    specifically: One who is under the authority of a ruler and is governed by his laws; one who owes allegiance to a sovereign or a sovereign state; as, a subject of Queen Victoria; a British subject; a subject of the United States

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  7. Subject(adj)

    that which is subjected, or submitted to, any physical operation or process; specifically (Anat.), a dead body used for the purpose of dissection

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  8. Subject(adj)

    that which is brought under thought or examination; that which is taken up for discussion, or concerning which anything is said or done

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  9. Subject(adj)

    the person who is treated of; the hero of a piece; the chief character

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  10. Subject(adj)

    that of which anything is affirmed or predicated; the theme of a proposition or discourse; that which is spoken of; as, the nominative case is the subject of the verb

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  11. Subject(adj)

    that in which any quality, attribute, or relation, whether spiritual or material, inheres, or to which any of these appertain; substance; substratum

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  12. Subject(adj)

    hence, that substance or being which is conscious of its own operations; the mind; the thinking agent or principal; the ego. Cf. Object, n., 2

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  13. Subject(noun)

    the principal theme, or leading thought or phrase, on which a composition or a movement is based

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  14. Subject(noun)

    the incident, scene, figure, group, etc., which it is the aim of the artist to represent

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  15. Subject(verb)

    to bring under control, power, or dominion; to make subject; to subordinate; to subdue

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  16. Subject(verb)

    to expose; to make obnoxious or liable; as, credulity subjects a person to impositions

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  17. Subject(verb)

    to submit; to make accountable

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  18. Subject(verb)

    to make subservient

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

  19. Subject(verb)

    to cause to undergo; as, to subject a substance to a white heat; to subject a person to a rigid test

    Etymology: [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.]

Freebase

  1. Subject

    The subject is, according to a tradition that can be traced back to Aristotle, one of the two main constituents of a clause, the other constituent being the predicate, whereby the predicate says something about the subject. According to a tradition associated with predicate logic and dependency grammars, the subject is the most prominent overt argument of the predicate. By this position all languages with arguments have subjects, though there is no way to define this consistently for all languages. From a functional perspective, a subject is a phrase that conflates nominative case with the topic. Many languages do not do this, and so do not have subjects. All of these positions see the subject in English determining person and number agreement on the finite verb, as exemplified by the difference in verb forms between he eats and they eat. The stereotypical subject immediately precedes the finite verb in declarative sentences in English and represents an agent or a theme. The subject is often a multi-word constituent and should be distinguished from parts of speech, which, roughly, classify words within constituents.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Subject

    sub′jekt, adj. under the power of another: liable, prone, disposed: exposed: subordinate, tributary: subservient.—n. one under the power of another: one under allegiance to a sovereign: that on which any operation is performed: that which is treated or handled: (anat.) a dead body for dissection: a person supposed to be peculiarly sensitive to hypnotic influence: that which it is the object of the artist to express, the scheme or idea of a work of art: a picture representing action and incident: that of which anything is said or of which a discourse treats, bringing many things under a common head: the mind, regarded as the thinking power, in contrast with the object, that about which it thinks: topic: matter, materials: the general plan of any work of art.—v.t. Subject′, to throw or bring under: to bring under the power of: to make subordinate or subservient: to subdue: to enslave: to expose or make liable to: to cause to undergo.—n. Subjec′tion, the act of subjecting or subduing: the state of being subject to another.—adj. Subject′ive, relating to the subject: derived from one's own consciousness: denoting those states of thought or feeling of which the mind is the conscious subject—opp. to Objective.—adv. Subject′ively.—n. Subject′iveness.—v.t. Subject′ivise.—ns. Subject′ivism, a philosophical doctrine which refers all knowledge to, and founds it upon, subjective states; Subject′ivist, one who holds to subjectivism.—adj. Subjectivist′ic.—adv. Subjectivist′ically.—ns. Subjectiv′ity, state of being subjective: that which is treated subjectively; Sub′ject-matter, a tautological compound for subject, theme, topic; Sub′ject-ob′ject, the immediate object of cognition, or the thought itself; Sub′jectship, the state of being subject. [Fr. sujet—L. subjectussub, under, jacĕre, to throw.]

Editors Contribution

  1. subject

    A defined or specific type of education or knowledge.

    The subject was geography and we are delighted to know what we do.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'subject' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #507

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'subject' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1114

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'subject' in Nouns Frequency: #113

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'subject' in Verbs Frequency: #851

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subject in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subject in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of subject in a Sentence

  1. Robert Palladino:

    It does not signal a change of U.S. policy on Jerusalem, the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem are subject to final status negotiations between the parties.

  2. Kelly Carlson:

    It makes me sad to see good people being grossly exploited and manipulated, because of their lack of knowledge on the subject.

  3. Charles Dickens:

    I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time...

  4. Lanny Davis:

    Like most of America, I have been following the matter regarding Michael Cohen with great interest. As an attorney, I have talked to Michael Cohen many times in the last two weeks. Then I read his words published on July 2, and I recognized his sincerity, michael Cohen deserves to tell Michael Cohen side of the story - subject, of course, to the advice of counsel.

  5. Henry Cavill:

    Never would I intend to disrespect in any way, shape or form, this experience has taught me a valuable lesson as to the context and the nuance of editorial liberties. I look forward to clarifying my position in the future towards a subject that it so vitally important and in which I wholeheartedly support.

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  • رعية, فَاعِل, مَوْضُوع, دورةArabic
  • фәнBashkir
  • дзе́йнікBelarusian
  • подло́г, поданикBulgarian
  • súbdit, matèria, subjecte, sotmetreCatalan, Valencian
  • poddaný, podmět, předmětCzech
  • subjekt, fag, emne, grundled, tema, borger, udsætteDanish
  • Fach, Lehrfach, Gegenstand, Untertan, Betreff, Sache, Untertanin, Sujet, Schulfach, Subjekt, Unterrichtsfach, Studienfach, Thema, unterwerfenGerman
  • αντικείμενο, υποτελής, προκείμενο, υποκείμενο, θέμα, υπήκοος, υπεξούσιος, υποκείμενος, υποβάλλωGreek
  • studobjekto, subulo, subjekto, lernobjekto, temoEsperanto
  • tema, curso, ramo, materia, súbdito, sujeto, asignatura, someterSpanish
  • teema, aine, alam, alusEstonian
  • موضوع, سوژهPersian
  • aihe, aihealue, alamainen, subjekti, teema, aine, ala, pakottaa, painostaa, alistaaFinnish
  • discipline, matière, sujet, soumettreFrench
  • cuir, cuir duine faoi phróiseasIrish
  • cùisear, cuspairScottish Gaelic
  • suxeito, materia, someterGalician
  • נוֹשֵׂא, נתיןHebrew
  • téma, alany, tárgy, alattvalóHungarian
  • ենթակաArmenian
  • themaInterlingua
  • subyekIndonesian
  • yrkisefni, grein, efni, viðfangsefni, þegn, umræðuefni, námsgrein, frumlag, umtalsefni, fag, ná, valdi, yfirIcelandic
  • sottomesso, soggetto, disciplina, assoggettato, corso, materia, suddito, sottomettere, assoggettareItalian
  • 科目, 学科, 主語, 主題Japanese
  • ប្រជានុរាស្ត្រ, ប្រធានវិស័យ, ប្រធានKhmer
  • 신하, 백성, 주어, 주제, 학과, 과목Korean
  • بابه‌ت, باره‌Kurdish
  • tāhuhu, tāhūMāori
  • те́ма, пре́дмет, поданик, по́дмет, предмет, изложува, подложуваMacedonian
  • onderdaan, onderwerp, vak, onderdane, vakgebied, onderwerpenDutch
  • podmiot, poddany, poddana, przedmiot, tematPolish
  • sujeito, matéria, súdito, disciplina, submeterPortuguese
  • temaRomansh
  • subiect, materie, temă, disciplinăRomanian
  • по́дданный, предме́т, те́ма, подлежа́щее, субъе́кт, подве́ргнуть, подве́рженный, подверга́тьRussian
  • विषयSanskrit
  • пре́дмет, sùbjekt, prédmet, pódmet, по́дмет, су̀бјектSerbo-Croatian
  • podmetSlovak
  • osebekSlovene
  • subjekt, ämne, föremål, utsättaSwedish
  • somo, raiaSwahili
  • పాఠ్యాంశము, కర్త, విషయముTelugu
  • konu, ders, dal, özne, alanTurkish
  • пі́дметUkrainian
  • ﺭﻋﺎﻳﺎUrdu
  • chủ đề, chủ ngữVietnamese
  • reigäb, yegäd, jireigäb, hireigäb, subyetVolapük
  • inhloko, isifundo, umenzi, isihlokoZulu

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