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Definition of "subject" []

  • Being in a position or in circumstances that place one under the power or authority of another or others: subject to the law. (adjective)
  • Prone; disposed: a child who is subject to colds. (adjective)
  • Likely to incur or receive; exposed: a directive subject to misinterpretation. (adjective)
  • Contingent or dependent: a vacation subject to changing weather. (adjective)
  • One who is under the rule of another or others, especially one who owes allegiance to a government or ruler. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "subject" in a sentence
  • "-- _Write five interrogative sentences, using the first word below as a subject; the second as a subject and then as a modifier of the subject; the third as a subject and then as a modifier of the subject_: --"
  • "Knowing the anxiety that will be felt on this subject, though we doubt if the future King can be called _a subject_ at all, we have collected the following exclusive particulars: --"
  • "Mr. Garnett having inquired what subject Butler and Jones would take up when they had finished “Narcissus, ” Butler said that they “might write an oratorio on some sacred subject”; and when Garnett asked whether they had anything in particular in mind, he replied that they were thinking of “The Woman Taken in Adultery."