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Subject appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Their kind aunt was subject to frequent dizzy spells, thus causing much anxiety and worry. (74 letters)
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Usage statistics for the noun subject:

spoken English23.76%written English76.24% conversational speech15.79%task-oriented speech84.21% imaginative writing20.73%informational writing79.27%
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Subject is sometimes a misspelling of subjects.

The word subject is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun subject

What does subject mean as a name of something?

Subject is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: subjects

  1. the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
  2. something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation
    • example: a moving picture of a train is more dramatic than a still picture of the same subject
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of subject: content / depicted object
    • more generic word: thing = a separate and self-contained entity
    • part of: scene / view = graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept
  3. a branch of knowledge
  4. some situation or event that is thought about
    • example: he had been thinking about the subject for several years
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of subject: issue / matter / topic
    • more generic terms: cognitive content / content / mental object = the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
    • more specific terms:
      • area = a subject of study
      • blind spot = a subject about which you are ignorant or prejudiced and fail to exercise good judgment
      • remit = the topic that a person, committee, or piece of research is expected to deal with or has authority to deal with
      • res adjudicata / res judicata = a matter already settled in court
  5. (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated
  6. a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation
  7. a person who owes allegiance to that nation
  8. (logic) the first term of a proposition
    • domain: logic
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: term = one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition

Alternative definition of the noun subject


  1. [grammar] In a clause: the word or word group (usually a noun phrase) that is dealt with. In active clauses with verbs denoting an action, the 'subject' and the actor are usually the same.
  2. The main topic of a paper, work of art, discussion, etc.
  3. A particular area of study.
  4. A citizen in a monarchy.
  5. A person ruled over by another, especially a monarch or state authority.

Definition of the adjective subject

What does subject mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more subject / most subject

  1. possibly accepting or permitting
    • example: the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation
    • synonyms of subject: capable / open
    • similar: susceptible
  2. being under the power or sovereignty of another or others
  3. likely to be affected by something
    • examples: the bond is subject to taxation | he is subject to fits of depression
    • similar: affected

Alternative definition of the adjective subject


  1. likely to be affected by or experience something.
  2. conditional upon

Definition of the verb subject

What does subject mean as a doing word?

Subject is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: subjected | subjecting | subjects

  1. cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to
    • examples: He subjected me to his awful poetry | The sergeant subjected the new recruits to many drills | People in Chernobyl were subjected to radiation
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic terms: affect / bear on / bear upon / impact / touch / touch on = have an effect upon
    • more specific words:
      • bacterise / bacterize = subject to the action of bacteria
      • vitriol = expose to the effects of vitriol or injure with vitriol
      • put = cause (someone) to undergo something
      • shipwreck = cause to experience shipwreck
      • refract = subject to refraction
      • expose = expose or make accessible to some action or influence
      • expose = expose to light, of photographic film
      • incur = make oneself subject to; bring upon oneself
    • cause: experience / go through / see
  2. make accountable for
    • example: He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: submit = yield to the control of another
  3. make subservient; force to submit or subdue
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of subject: subjugate
    • more generic words: dominate / master = have dominance or the power to defeat over
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the verb subject


  1. [transitive, construed with 'to'] To cause (someone or something) to undergo a particular experience, especially one that is unpleasant or unwanted.


  1. "Subject" is R&B singer Dwele's 2003 debut album, released on Virgin Records.
    • genres: Rhythm and blues, Soul music
    • released on (11 years ago)
    • award: - Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Male nomination for Dwele
  2. "Subject" a.k.a. "Subject...Aldo Nova": Subject...Aldo Nova is the second studio album by Canadian rock musician Aldo Nova, released in 1983. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on December 5, 1994.


  1. Subject: A subject is a being who has a unique consciousness and unique experiences, or an entity that has a relationship with another entity that exists outside of itself. A subject is an observer and an object is a thing observed. This concept is especially important in continental philosophy, where 'the Subject' is a central term in debates over human autonomy and the nature of the self.
  2. Subject: In computer programming within the subject-oriented programming paradigm, subjects are a way to separate concerns. For example, in a Shape class with two methods Draw and Move, each method would be considered a subject.
    • also known as Subjects
  3. Subject: The broad subject matter of the court case, eg.
  4. Subject: The entities that respondents were asked about.
  5. Subject: Shared common subject of this art series.
  6. Subject: The entity that this score is about.

Phrases with Subject

Phrases starting with the word Subject:

  1. subject area
  2. subject case
  3. subject field
  4. Subject Clause
  5. subject matter
  6. Subject-Clause
  7. Subject-Matter
  8. Subject Heading
  9. Subject pronoun
  10. Subject-Control
  11. Subject indexing
  12. Subject complement
  13. Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Phrases ending with the word Subject:

  1. to subject
  2. liege subject
  3. short subject
  4. Quirky subject
  5. Impersonal Subject
  6. Impersonal-Subject

Other phrase containing the word Subject:

  1. Null-subject language

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Subject

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Google previewThe Reports of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from the Year 1754 to the Year 1844: Containing four vols. Dallas' reports, and one Yeates (1850)

by Timothy John Fox Alden, Alexander James Dallas, Jasper Yeates, Horace Binney, Alexander Addison

The word subject means subjection to some sovereign power, and one who owes obedience to the laws, and is entitled to partake of the elections into public office. The Act defining what shall be treason, has no retrospect, and the Act for the ...

Google previewPersuasion: History, Theory, Practice (2013)

by George Pullman

The word subject refers to an area of inquiry, like songbirds of South America. Topic, on the other hand, means a “pattern of thought.” In response to the problem of what to think, early teachers of persua- sion (those who preceded both Aristotle ...

Google previewSubjects on the World's Stage (1995)

Essays on British Literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance by David G. Allen, Robert A. White

In the title of this volume, therefore, the word subject refers to the representation of the artist's response ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

SUBJECT CLASSIFICATION The classification system below groups the various articles...

There are four features to help you easily find the topic you're interested in: an alphabetical contents list, a subject classification index, cross- references ...

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Usage statistics about subject

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun subject:

spoken English23.76%written English76.24% conversational speech15.79%task-oriented speech84.21% imaginative writing20.73%informational writing79.27%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun subject:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb subject:


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Quotes about Subject

When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest. (William Hazlitt)
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Scrabble value of S1U1B3J8E1C3T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 18 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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