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subject

noun
 
/ˈsʌbdʒɪkt/
A1 an area of knowledge studied at school or university: Chemistry is my favourite subject.
B1 what someone is writing or talking about: The subject of the programme was mental health.
B1 in grammar, the person or thing that does the action described by a verb. In the sentence ‘Bob phoned me yesterday’, ‘Bob’ is the subject.
someone who is from a particular country: a British subject
(Definition of subject from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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