1likely or prone to be affected by (a particular condition or occurrence, typically an unwelcome or unpleasant one):he was subject to bouts of manic depression
2dependent or conditional upon:the proposed merger is subject to the approval of the shareholders
3under the authority of:ministers are subject to the laws of the land
[attributive] under the control or domination of another ruler, country, or government:the Greeks were the first subject people to break free from Ottoman rule
conditionally upon:subject to the EC’s agreement, we intend to set up an enterprise zone in the area
1a person or thing that is being discussed, described, or dealt with:I’ve said all there is to be said on the subjecthe’s the subject of a major new biography
a person or circumstance giving rise to a specified feeling, response, or action:the incident was the subject of international condemnation
a person who is the focus of scientific or medical attention or experiment:subjects were asked to complete a questionnaire
Logic the part of a proposition about which a statement is made.
Music a theme of a fugue or of a piece in sonata form; a leading phrase or motif:the chorale-like second subject of the Scherzo
2a branch of knowledge studied or taught in a school, college, or university:maths is not my best subject
3a member of a state other than its ruler, especially one owing allegiance to a monarch or other supreme ruler:the legislation is applicable only to British subjects
4 Grammar a noun or noun phrase functioning as one of the main components of a clause, being the element about which the rest of the clause is predicated.
5 Philosophy a thinking or feeling entity; the conscious mind; the ego, especially as opposed to anything external to the mind.
the central substance or core of a thing as opposed to its attributes.
1 (subject someone/thing to) cause or force someone or something to undergo (a particular experience or form of treatment, typically an unwelcome or unpleasant one):he’d subjected her to a terrifying ordeal
2bring (a person or country) under one’s control or jurisdiction, typically by using force:the city had been subjected to Macedonian rule