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subject

noun [C] uk   /ˈsʌb.dʒekt/ us  

subject noun [C] (AREA OF DISCUSSION)

B1 the thing that is being discussed, considered, or studied: Our subject for discussion is homelessness. She has made a series of documentaries on the subject of family relationships. The guest lecturer took as her subject (= decided to speak about) 'punishment and imprisonment in modern society'. The number of planes flying over the town has been the subject of (= has caused) concern since last summer.Topics and areas of interest

subject noun [C] (AREA OF STUDY)

A1 an area of knowledge that is studied in school, college, or university: My favourite subjects at school were history and geography.mainly UK Her subject (= special area of study) is low-temperature physics.Subjects and disciplines change the subject B2 to start talking about a different subject: I'd tried to explain the situation, but he just changed the subject.Creating a distraction

subject noun [C] (STORY/PAINTING)

C2 a person, thing, or situation that is written about in a book, article, etc. or shown in a picture, etc.: The mill by the bridge was the subject of an unfinished painting by J. M. W. Turner.

subject noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

B1 specialized language the person or thing that performs the action of a verb, or is joined to a description by a verb: 'Bob' is the subject of the sentence 'Bob threw the ball'.
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subject noun [C] (PERSON)

a person who lives in or who has the right to live in a particular country, especially a country with a king or queen: He is a British subject.
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Grammar

subject

verb [T] uk   /səbˈdʒekt/ us  
to defeat people or a country and then control them against their wishes and limit their freedom: The invaders quickly subjected the local tribes.Ruling and governing
Phrasal verbs

subject

adjective uk   /ˈsʌb.dʒekt/ us  

subject adjective (HAVING)

be subject to sth C1 to have or experience a particular thing, especially something unpleasant: Cars are subject to a high domestic tax. In recent years, she has been subject to attacks of depression.Experiencing and suffering

subject adjective (DEPEND)

subject to sth C2 only able to happen if something else happens: We plan to go on Wednesday, subject to your approval. Moving all the books should not take long, subject to there being (= if there are) enough helpers.Being based on or depending on something

subject adjective (GOVERN)

[before noun] under the political control of another country or state: subject peoples/statesRuling and governing
(Definition of subject from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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