subject Definition

  • 1a person or thing that is being discussed, described, or dealt with
  • 2a branch of knowledge studied in school, college, or university
  • 3likely to be affected by something

Using subject: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "subject" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The subject of the meeting is the new project proposal.

  • Example

    She is studying English as a subject at university.

  • Example

    As a diabetic, he is subject to hypoglycemia.

  • Example

    The painting's subject is a beautiful landscape.

  • Example

    The subject of the documentary is climate change.

subject Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for subject

Idioms Using subject

  • likely to experience or suffer from something


    Living in a coastal area makes you subject to hurricanes and floods.

  • in reference to; concerning


    Under the subject of education, we will discuss the importance of early childhood development.

  • open to different explanations or meanings


    The ending of the movie is subject to interpretation, leaving audiences with different opinions.

Phrases with subject

  • likely to change or be altered


    The schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions.

  • needing someone's permission or agreement before it can be done


    The design is subject to approval by the client.

  • to start talking about something else


    Whenever I bring up politics, my dad always tries to change the subject.

Origins of subject

from Latin 'subjectus', meaning 'lying beneath'


Summary: subject in Brief

The term 'subject' [ˈsʌbdʒɛkt] refers to a person, thing, or topic being discussed, studied, or affected. It can denote a field of study, as in 'She is studying English as a subject at university,' or a topic of conversation, as in 'The subject of the meeting is the new project proposal.' 'Subject' can also be used in phrases like 'subject to change,' indicating something likely to be altered, or 'change the subject,' meaning to start talking about something else.

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