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sub·ject

subject

 
 
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: suhb jekt
definition 1: the topic of what is said, written, or studied.
The subject of the book was Native Americans.
synonyms:
theme, topic
definition 2: a person or thing that is looked at in a close and careful way.
We used frogs as subjects for examination in our science class.
similar words:
object
definition 3: a person who is controlled by a leader or by a state.
The queen spoke to her subjects.
definition 4: an area of study; course.
Her best subject is English.
synonyms:
discipline
similar words:
area, course, study
definition 5: a noun or noun phrase that is one of the two main parts of a sentence. A subject usually names the person, place, thing, or condition that the verb explains.
See a movie for this meaning
 
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: suhb jekt
definition 1: under the power of someone or something (often followed by "to").
The workers are subject to the boss's authority.
synonyms:
bound by
similar words:
dependent, subordinate
definition 2: depending upon (usually followed by "to").
Our plans are subject to your approval.
synonyms:
dependent on
antonyms:
independent
definition 3: likely to have or to get (usually followed by "to").
He is subject to sore throats.
synonyms:
prone
similar words:
vulnerable
 
part of speech: verb
pronunciation: sb jekt
inflections: subjects, subjecting, subjected
definition 1: to make open (usually followed by "to").
He subjected himself to the other kids' laughter.
synonyms:
expose
similar words:
submit
definition 2: to cause to endure, suffer, or undergo (fol. by "to").
They subjected the prisoners to cruel punishments.The students watched as the teacher subjected the metal to high heat.
derivations: subjectable (adj.), subjectability (n.), subjection (n.)
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sub- Latin prefix that means under, after
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The prefix sub- was a Latin preposition and prefix and occurs in English in Latin loanwords, such as subjugate. It is also used in the formation of English words such as subway and subgroup. It has multiple forms, as the 'b' sound in sub- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms suc-, suf-, sum-, sup-, sur-, sus-, and su-.
synonyms:
hyp-, hypo-, under-
antonyms:
super-, supra-, hyper-
 
ject, jet, jac Latin root that means throw; lie