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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]

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2

Be prone or disposed to, as in This child has always been subject to colds. [Late 1300s]

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3

Be likely to incur or receive, as in This memo is subject to misinterpretation. [Late 1300s]

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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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