[ noun, adjective suhb-jikt; verb suhb-jekt ]
/ noun, adjective ˈsʌb dʒɪkt; verb səbˈdʒɛkt /
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verb (used with object)



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Origin of subject

First recorded in 1275–1325; (adjective) from Latin subjectus “placed beneath, inferior, open to inspection,” originally the past participle of subicere “to throw or place beneath, make subject,” equivalent to sub-sub- + -jec-, combining form of jacere “to throw” + -tus past participle suffix; replacing Middle English suget, from Old French, from Latin, as above; (noun) from Late Latin subjectum “grammatical or dialectical subject,” noun use of neuter of subjectus; replacing Middle English suget, as above; (verb) from Latin subjectāre, frequentative of subicere; replacing Middle English suget(t)en, from Old French sugetter, from Latin, as above
1, 4. Subject, theme, topic are often interchangeable to express the material being considered in a speech or written composition. Subject is a broad word for whatever is treated in writing, speech, art, etc.: the subject for discussion. Theme and topic are usually narrower and apply to some limited or specific part of a general subject. A theme is often the underlying conception of a discourse or composition, perhaps not put into words but easily recognizable: The theme of a need for reform runs throughout her work. A topic is the statement of what is to be treated in a section of a composition: The topic is treated fully in this section.
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British Dictionary definitions for subject

Abbreviation: subj
subjectable, adjectivesubjectability, nounsubjectless, adjectivesubject-like, adjective
C14: from Latin subjectus brought under, from subicere to place under, from sub- + jacere to throw
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Cultural definitions for subject


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.)

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Idioms and Phrases with subject


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