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, themenoun

    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 objectnoun

    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, bailiwicknoun

    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, matternoun

    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. subjectnoun

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

  6. subject, case, guinea pignoun

    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, subjectnoun

    a person who owes allegiance to that nation

    "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"

  8. subjectadjective

    (logic) the first term of a proposition

  9. capable, open, subjectadjective

    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, dependentadjective

    being under the power or sovereignty of another or others

    "subject peoples"; "a dependent prince"

  11. subjectverb

    likely to be affected by something

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

  12. subjectverb

    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. subjectverb

    make accountable for

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

  14. subjugate, subjectverb

    make subservient; force to submit or subdue

  15. submit, subjectverb

    refer for judgment or consideration

    "The lawyers submitted the material to the court"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subjectadjective

    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. Subjectadjective

    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. Subjectadjective

    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. Subjectadjective

    obedient; submissive

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

  5. Subjectadjective

    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. Subjectadjective

    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. Subjectadjective

    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. Subjectadjective

    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. Subjectadjective

    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. Subjectadjective

    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. Subjectadjective

    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. Subjectadjective

    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. Subjectnoun

    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. Subjectnoun

    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. Subjectverb

    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. Subjectverb

    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. Subjectverb

    to submit; to make accountable

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

  18. Subjectverb

    to make subservient

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

  19. Subjectverb

    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. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Those, who go to aliens with a begging bowl for financial assistance in the pursuit of retaining power in their country and damage national pride, and subject the nation to international ridicule. Such people are criminals.

  2. Professor Huang:

    It is no surprise that the government seeks to control related scientific research so that the findings do not challenge its own narrative on the origin of the virus and the government response to the crisis, the danger is that when scientific research is subject to the needs of those in power, it further undermines the credibility of the government narrative, making accusations of underreporting and misinformation more convincing.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Every subject and object, on this universe, stay in mysterious rays- circle and touches with each other since only a touch is life.

  4. Don Hubbard:

    If I saw men in the check in area, wearing a single glove, that alone would have been enough for me to take them aside and subject them to further scrutiny, if I did n’t like how they answered questions, security would have potentially stopped any attack.

  5. Ron Robillard:

    Who would be hurt at this point? she's been dead for 52 years and had just one daughter, who is also dead. I think people would love to know what she was thinking when committing these murders that became the subject of such a famous play.

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Translations for subject

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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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    • A. articulate
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