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1.  a.  the predominant theme or topic, as of a book, discussion, etc
 b.  (in combination): subject-heading
2.  any branch of learning considered as a course of study
3.  grammar, logic a word, phrase, or formal expression about which something is predicated or stated in a sentence; for example, the cat in the sentence The cat catches mice
4.  a person or thing that undergoes experiment, analysis, treatment, etc
5.  a person who lives under the rule of a monarch, government, etc
6.  an object, figure, scene, etc, as selected by an artist or photographer for representation
7.  philosophy
 a.  that which thinks or feels as opposed to the object of thinking and feeling; the self or the mind
 b.  a substance as opposed to its attributes
8.  music Also called: theme a melodic or thematic phrase used as the principal motif of a fugue, the basis from which the musical material is derived in a sonata-form movement, or the recurrent figure in a rondo
9.  logic
 a.  the term of a categorial statement of which something is predicated
 b.  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
10.  an originating motive
11.  change the subject to select a new topic of conversation
adj (and foll by to)
12.  being under the power or sovereignty of a ruler, government, etc: subject peoples
13.  showing a tendency (towards): a child subject to indiscipline
14.  exposed or vulnerable: subject to ribaldry
15.  conditional upon: the results are subject to correction
16.  (preposition) subject to under the condition that: we accept, subject to her agreement
vb (foll by to)
17.  (foll by to) to cause to undergo the application (of): they subjected him to torture
18.  to expose or render vulnerable or liable (to some experience): he was subjected to great danger
19.  (foll by to) to bring under the control or authority (of): to subject a soldier to discipline
20.  rare to subdue or subjugate
21.  rare to present for consideration; submit
22.  obsolete to place below
[C14: from Latin subjectus brought under, from subicere to place under, from sub- + jacere to throw]

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