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subject to, be

1.
Be under the control or authority of, as in All citizens in this nation are subject to the law. [ First half of 1300s ]
2.
Be prone or disposed to, as in This child has always been subject to colds. [ Late 1300s ]
3.
Be likely to incur or receive, as in This memo is subject to misinterpretation. [ Late 1300s ]
4.
Depend on, be likely to be affected by, as in Our vacation plans are subject to the boss's whims. [ Early 1800s ]
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