subject


subject
I UK [ˈsʌbdʒɪkt] / US [ˈsʌbˌdʒekt] noun [countable]
Word forms "subject":
singular subject plural subjects
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1) an idea, problem, situation etc that you discuss or write about

Can we talk about a different subject please?

subject of:

He's never mentioned the subject of money.

The subject of our debate today will be the environment.

bring up a subject (= deliberately start talking about a subject):

It was Carol who brought up the subject of sports facilities.

get onto a subject (= start talking about a subject without planning to):

Somehow we got onto the subject of education.

drop a subject (= deliberately stop talking about a subject):

Look, I don't want to talk about it, so can we drop the subject?

get off the subject (= stop talking about something because you have become interested in something else):

We're getting off the subject here – let's get back to your book.

change the subject (= deliberately start talking about something else to avoid an argument or embarrassing situation):

Can we change the subject, please?

2) something that you learn or teach in a school, for example English, mathematics, or biology
3) linguistics in English grammar, the person, place, or thing that does what the verb describes. In the sentence "Mary threw the ball", "Mary" is the subject.
4) a person or animal that is used in a medical or scientific test
5)
a) a person or thing that is shown in a photograph, painting, or piece of art
b) someone who is written about in a book or article
6) someone who lives in a country that is controlled by a king or queen

a British subject


II UK [səbˈdʒekt] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "subject":
present tense I/you/we/they subject he/she/it subjects present participle subjecting past tense subjected past participle subjected
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Phrasal verbs:

III UK [ˈsʌbdʒɪkt] / US [ˈsʌbˌdʒekt] adjective [only before noun] formal **
under the authority and control of a government or country

The new law applies to Britain and all its subject territories.


English dictionary. 2014.

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