noun /ˈsʌbdʒɛkt / (say 'subjekt)

1. something that forms a matter of thought, discourse, investigation, etc.: a subject of conversation.
2. a branch of knowledge organised into a system so as to form a suitable course of study.
3. a ground, motive, or cause: a subject for complaint.
4. the theme of a sermon, book, story, etc.
5. a theme or melodic phrase on which a musical work or movement is based.
6. an object, scene, incident, or the like, chosen by an artist for representation, or as represented in art.
7. someone who is under the dominion or rule of a sovereign.
8. someone who owes allegiance to a government and lives under its protection: a Swedish subject.
9. Grammar (in English and many other languages) the word or words of a sentence which represent the person, item or concept performing the action expressed in the predicate, as, he in he raised his hat.
10. someone or something that undergoes, or may undergo, some action.
11. someone or something that is under the control or influence of another.
12. talent (def. 7).
13. a person as an object of medical, surgical, or psychological treatment or experiment.
14. a dead body as used for dissection.
15. Logic that part of a proposition of which the predicate is asserted or denied.
16. Philosophy
a. the substance in which attributes inhere.
b. substance; external reality, as distinguished from its appearance; that which is the object of reference in predication.
c. the self or ego to which all experiences or mental operations are attributed.
adjective /ˈsʌbdʒɛkt / (say 'subjekt)
17. being under dominion, rule, or authority, as of a sovereign or a state, or some governing power; owing allegiance or obedience: a subject people.
verb (t) /səbˈdʒɛkt / (say suhb'jekt)
18. (sometimes followed by to) to bring under dominion, rule, or authority, as of a conqueror or a governing power.
19. (sometimes followed by to) to cause to undergo or experience something: to subject metal to a white heat.
20. (sometimes followed by to) to make liable, lay open, or expose: to subject oneself to ridicule.
phrase /ˈsʌbdʒɛkt / (say 'subjekt)
21. subject to,
a. open or exposed to: *of all the hundred-odd ethnic groups in Australia, only we and the British are subject to criticism; our elites in the universities and the media pour it upon us unceasingly, while exempting all the others as if they were disabled children. –les a. murray, 1999.
b. dependent or conditional upon: *Jabiru is also part of Kakadu National Park and so its `development' is subject to a Town Plan and to the park's Plan of Management. –m. a. hill and a. j. press, 1994.
c. under the domination of: subject to colonial rule.
d. Rare under the necessity of undergoing something: subject to death.
e. inclined towards having: subject to headaches.
{Latin subjectus, past participle, placed under; replacing Middle English suget, from Old French}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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