(noun, adjective, verb)


1. possibly accepting or permitting

- the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation

Similar word(s): susceptible, capable, open

2. being under the power or sovereignty of another or others

- subject peoples

Similar word(s): subordinate, dependent

3. likely to be affected by something

- the bond is subject to taxation

- he is subject to fits of depression

Similar word(s): affected

Sentences with subject as an adjective:

- a country subject to extreme heat

- The local board sets local policy, subject to approval from the State Board.


1. the subject matter of a conversation or discussion

- he didn't want to discuss that subject

Similar word(s): theme, topic

Definition categories: communication, content, message, substance

2. 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

Similar word(s): content

Definition categories: man–made, thing

3. a branch of knowledge

- teachers should be well trained in their subject

Similar word(s): bailiwick, discipline, field, study

Definition categories: thought, domain

4. some situation or event that is thought about

- he had been thinking about the subject for several years

Similar word(s): issue, matter, topic

Definition categories: thought, content

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

Definition categories: communication, constituent

6. 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

Similar word(s): case

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul

7. a person who owes allegiance to that nation

- a monarch has a duty to his subjects

Similar word(s): national

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul

8. (logic) the first term of a proposition

Definition categories: communication, term

Sentences with subject as a noun:

- In the sentence ‘The mouse is eaten by the cat in the kitchen.’, ‘The mouse’ is the subject, ‘the cat’ being the agent.

- The subjects and objects of power.

- Her favorite subject is physics.

- I am a British subject.


1. 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

Definition categories: perception, affect, impact, touch

2. make accountable for

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

Definition categories: competition, submit

3. make subservient; force to submit or subdue

Similar word(s): subjugate

Definition categories: social, dominate, master