Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to subject: Subject and object
The subject in a sentence or clause is the person or thing doing, performing, or controlling the action of the verb. Only that which has the grammatical function of a noun can be the subject of a clause. This is because it is someone or something that is capable of performing or “controlling” the action of the verb.
These nouns denote the principal idea or point of a speech, a piece of writing, or an artistic work. Subject is the most general: "Well, honor is the subject of my story" (Shakespeare).
Matter refers to the material that is the object of thought or discourse: "This distinction seems to me to go to the root of the matter" (William James).
A topic is a subject of discussion, argument, or conversation: "They would talk of ... fashionable topics, such as pictures, taste, Shakespeare" (Oliver Goldsmith).
Theme refers especially to an idea, a point of view, or a perception that is developed and expanded on in a work of art: "To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme" (Herman Melville). See Also Synonyms at dependent.
sub•ject(n., adj. ˈsʌb dʒɪkt; v. səbˈdʒɛkt)
The subject of something such as a book or talk is the thing that is discussed in it.
Past participle: subjected
|Noun||1.||subject - the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; "he didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme of love"|
bone of contention - the subject of a dispute; "the real bone of contention, as you know, is money"
precedent - a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)
question, head - the subject matter at issue; "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"
keynote - the principal theme in a speech or literary work
|2.||subject - something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation; "a moving picture of a train is more dramatic than a still picture of the same subject"|
thing - a separate and self-contained entity
|3.||subject - a branch of knowledge; "in what discipline is his doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"|
occultism - the study of the supernatural
communication theory, communications - the discipline that studies the principles of transmiting information and the methods by which it is delivered (as print or radio or television etc.); "communications is his major field of study"
major - the principal field of study of a student at a university; "her major is linguistics"
frontier - an undeveloped field of study; a topic inviting research and development; "he worked at the frontier of brain science"
genealogy - the study or investigation of ancestry and family history
allometry - the study of the relative growth of a part of an organism in relation to the growth of the whole
bibliotics - the scientific study of documents and handwriting etc. especially to determine authorship or authenticity
ology - an informal word (abstracted from words with this ending) for some unidentified branch of knowledge
science, scientific discipline - a particular branch of scientific knowledge; "the science of genetics"
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
applied science, engineering science, technology, engineering - the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems; "he had trouble deciding which branch of engineering to study"
futuristics, futurology - the study or prediction of future developments on the basis of existing conditions
arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"
theology, divinity - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
military science - the discipline dealing with the principles of warfare
escapology - the study of methods of escaping (especially as a form of entertainment)
graphology - the study of handwriting (especially as an indicator of the writer's character or disposition)
numerology - the study of the supposed occult influence of numbers on human affairs
protology - the study of origins and first things; "To Christians, protology refers to God's fundamental purpose for humanity"
theogony - the study of the origins and genealogy of the gods
|4.||subject - some situation or event that is thought about; "he kept drifting off the topic"; "he had been thinking about the subject for several years"; "it is a matter for the police"|
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
area - a subject of study; "it was his area of specialization"; "areas of interest include..."
blind spot - a subject about which you are ignorant or prejudiced and fail to exercise good judgment; "golf is one of his blind spots and he's proud of it"
remit - the topic that a person, committee, or piece of research is expected to deal with or has authority to deal with; "they set up a group with a remit to suggest ways for strengthening family life"
|5.||subject - (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated|
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
|6.||subject - a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation; "the subjects for this investigation were selected randomly"; "the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities"|
|7.||subject - a person who owes allegiance to that nation; "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"|
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
nation, country, land - the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him"
citizen - a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community
compatriot - a person from your own country
|8.||subject - (logic) the first term of a proposition|
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
term - one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition; "the major term of a syllogism must occur twice"
|Verb||1.||subject - cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to; "He subjected me to his awful poetry"; "The sergeant subjected the new recruits to many drills"; "People in Chernobyl were subjected to radiation"|
affect, bear upon, impact, bear on, touch on, touch - have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
vitriol - expose to the effects of vitriol or injure with vitriol
put - cause (someone) to undergo something; "He put her to the torture"
shipwreck - cause to experience shipwreck; "They were shipwrecked in one of the mysteries at sea"
refract - subject to refraction; "refract a light beam"
expose - expose or make accessible to some action or influence; "Expose your students to art"; "expose the blanket to sunshine"
expose - expose to light, of photographic film
incur - make oneself subject to; bring upon oneself; become liable to; "People who smoke incur a great danger to their health"
|2.||subject - make accountable for; "He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors"|
submit - yield to the control of another
|3.||subject - make subservient; force to submit or subdue|
dragoon - subjugate by imposing troops
enslave - make a slave of; bring into servitude
|4.||subject - refer for judgment or consideration; "The lawyers submitted the material to the court"|
give - submit for consideration, judgment, or use; "give one's opinion"; "give an excuse"
return - submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority; "submit a bill to a legislative body"
refer - send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision; "refer a patient to a specialist"; "refer a bill to a committee"
|Adj.||1.||subject - possibly accepting or permitting; "a passage capable of misinterpretation"; "open to interpretation"; "an issue open to question"; "the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation"|
susceptible - (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of; "susceptible to colds"; "susceptible of proof"
|2.||subject - being under the power or sovereignty of another or others; "subject peoples"; "a dependent prince"|
subordinate - subject or submissive to authority or the control of another; "a subordinate kingdom"
|3.||subject - likely to be affected by something; "the bond is subject to taxation"; "he is subject to fits of depression"|
affected - acted upon; influenced
to change the subject → cambiar de tema
let's change the subject → cambiemos de tema
changing the subject → hablando de otra cosa ..., cambiando de tema ...
it's a delicate subject → es un asunto delicado
on the subject of → a propósito de ...
(while we're) on the subject of money → ya que de dinero se trata ...
this raises the whole subject of money → esto plantea el problema general del dinero
these prices are subject to change without notice → estos precios están sujetos a cambio sin previo aviso
subject to correction → bajo corrección
subject to confirmation in writing → sujeto a confirmación por escrito
to subject a book to criticism → someter un libro a la crítica
to be subjected to inquiry → ser sometido a una investigación
I will not be subjected to this questioning → no tolero este interrogatorio or esta interrogación
she was subjected to much indignity → tuvo que aguantar muchas afrentas
The subject of my project was the internet → Le sujet de mon projet était l'Internet.
to change the subject → changer de sujet
What's your favourite subject? → Quelle est ta matière préférée?
subject to confirmation in writing → sous réserve de confirmation écrite
subject to status → sujet(te) à examen du dossier
subject[n, adj ˈsʌbdʒɪkt; vb səbˈdʒɛkt]
let's keep to the subject → non divaghiamo
let's drop the subject → lasciamo perdere
(while we're) on the subject of money ... → a proposito di soldi...
to change the subject → cambiare discorso
subject to doing that (conditional upon) → a condizione di fare or che si faccia ciò
subject to confirmation in writing → a condizione di ricevere conferma per iscritto
these prices are subject to change without notice → questi prezzi sono suscettibili di modifiche senza preavviso
subject to contract (Comm) → fino a stipulazione del contratto