subject to, be


Be under the control or authority of, as in All citizens in this nation are subject to the law. [First half of 1300s]


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


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


Depend on, be likely to be affected by, as in Our vacation plans are subject to the boss's whims. [Early 1800s]

Nearby words

  1. subject,
  2. subject catalog,
  3. subject catalogue,
  4. subject complement,
  5. subject matter,
  6. subject-raising,
  7. subjectification,
  8. subjectify,
  9. subjection,
  10. subjective

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