Definition of subject adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsʌbdʒɪkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌbdʒɪkt//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈsʌbdʒekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌbdʒekt//
    (formal) Describing art
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  1. 1subject to something likely to be affected by something, especially something bad Flights are subject to delay because of the fog. Smokers are more subject to heart attacks than non-smokers.
  2. 2subject to something depending on something in order to be completed or agreed The article is ready to publish, subject to your approval. All the holidays on offer are subject to availability. See related entries: Describing art
  3. 3subject to something/somebody under the authority of something/somebody All nuclear installations are subject to international safeguards. As a diplomat, he is not subject to local laws.
  4. 4[only before noun] controlled by the government of another country subject peoples
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘(person) owing obedience’): from Old French suget, from Latin subjectus ‘brought under’, past participle of subicere, from sub- ‘under’ + jacere ‘throw’. Senses relating to philosophy, logic, and grammar are derived ultimately from Aristotle's use of to hupokeimenon meaning ‘material from which things are made’ and ‘subject of attributes and predicates’.Extra examples At this stage these are proposals and are still subject to change. Everyone was entirely subject to the whim of the Sultan. His illness left him subject to asthma attacks.
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