- subject [sub′jikt, sub′jekt΄; ] for v. [ səb jekt′]adj.[ME suget < OFr < L subjectus, pp. of subjicere, to place under, put under, subject < sub-, under + jacere, to throw: see JET1]1. under the authority or control of, or owing allegiance to, another [subject peoples]2. having a disposition or tendency; liable (to) [subject to fits of anger]3. liable to receive; exposed (to) [subject to censure]4. contingent or conditional upon (with to) [subject to your approval]n.[ME suget < OFr < L subjectus: see SUBJECT the adj.]1. a person under the authority or control of another; esp., a person owing allegiance to a particular ruler, government, etc.2. someone or something made to undergo a treatment, experiment, analysis, dissection, etc.3. [L subjectum, foundation, subject (transl. of Gr to hypokeimenon) < neut. of subjectus: see SUBJECT the adj.] something dealt with in discussion, study, writing, painting, etc.; theme4. the main theme or melody of a musical composition or movement, esp., the opening theme in a fugue5. originating cause, reason, or motive6. any of the various courses of study in a school or college; branch of learning7. Gram. the noun or other substantive that is one of the two immediate constituents of a sentence and about which something is said in the predicate8. Logic that part of a proposition about which something is said; that which is affirmed or denied9. Philos.a) the actual substance of anything as distinguished from its qualities and attributesb) the mind, or ego, that thinks and feels, as distinguished from everything outside the mindvt.1. Obs. to place under or below2. to bring under the authority or control of; cause to owe allegiance3. to make liable or vulnerable [to subject oneself to the contempt of others]4. to cause to experience or receive some action or treatment [to subject someone to interrogation, subject a new drug to rigorous testing]5. Rare to place before; submit [a plan subjected for approval]subjectionn.SYN.- SUBJECT is the general word for whatever is dealt with in discussion, study, writing, art, etc. [the subject of a talk, painting, etc. ]; a THEME is a subject developed or elaborated upon in a literary or artistic work, or one that constitutes the underlying motif of the work [a novel with a social theme]; a TOPIC is a subject of common interest selected for individual treatment, as in an essay, or for discussion by a group of persons [baseball is their favorite topic of conversation ]; TEXT is specifically applied to a Biblical passage chosen as the subject of a sermon
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.