- that which thinks, feels, perceives, intends, etc., as contrasted with the objects of thought, feeling, etc.
- the self or ego.
verb (used with object)
Origin of subject
Synonyms for subject
Examples from the Web for subject
Contemporary Examples of subject
Throughout the fifties, in city after city, fluoridation became the subject of fierce debate.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
He allows the subject to float over to Hitchcock with a calm directness that I admire.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
No one knows what they're about but Boba Fett is rumored to be the subject of one.Shocking New Reveals From Sony Hack: J. Law, Pitt, Clooney, and Star Wars
December 12, 2014
I had visited distilleries all over the world and reached a level of expertise about the subject.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
December 10, 2014
Detainees there were subject to sleep deprivation, shackled to bars with their hands above their heads.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
Historical Examples of subject
But there is one subject, on which my mind is filled with foreboding.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Mrs. Davis saw that there was no use in pursuing the subject, and it dropped.
He was not timid, however, and resolved to broach the subject.
What he had to say therefore on the subject would not detain them long.Explorations in Australia
Connected with this subject is the character of the currency.
- the predominant theme or topic, as of a book, discussion, etc
- (in combination)subject-heading
- that which thinks or feels as opposed to the object of thinking and feeling; the self or the mind
- a substance as opposed to its attributes
- the term of a categorial statement of which something is predicated
- the reference or denotation of the subject term of a statement. The subject of John is tall is not the name John, but John himself
adjective (ˈsʌbdʒɪkt) (usually postpositive and foll by to)
verb (səbˈdʒɛkt) (tr)
Word Origin for subject
early 14c., "person under control or dominion of another," from Old French suget, subget "a subject person or thing" (12c.), from Latin subiectus, noun use of past participle of subicere "to place under," from sub "under" (see sub-) + combining form of iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). In 14c., sugges, sogetis, subgit, sugette; form re-Latinized in English 16c.
Meaning "person or thing that may be acted upon" is recorded from 1590s. Meaning "subject matter of an art or science" is attested from 1540s, probably short for subject matter (late 14c.), which is from Medieval Latin subjecta materia, a loan translation of Greek hypokeimene hyle (Aristotle), literally "that which lies beneath." Likewise some specific uses in logic and philosophy are borrowed directly from Latin subjectum "foundation or subject of a proposition," a loan-translation of Aristotle's to hypokeimenon. Grammatical sense is recorded from 1630s. The adjective is attested from early 14c.
late 14c., "to make (a person or nation) subject to another by force," also "to render submissive or dependent," from Latin subjectare, from the root of subject (n.). Meaning "to lay open or expose to (some force or occurrence)" is recorded from 1540s. Related: Subjected; subjecting.
A part of every sentence. The subject tells what the sentence is about; it contains the main noun or noun phrase: “The car crashed into the railing”; “Judy and two of her friends were elected to the National Honor Society.” In some cases the subject is implied: you is the implied subject in “Get me some orange juice.” (Compare predicate.)
In addition to the idiom beginning with subject
- subject to, be
- change the subject