to subject (someone or something) to

Definition of to subject (someone or something) to

  1. 1 :  to cause or force (someone or something) to experience (something harmful, unpleasant, etc.) They are suspected of subjecting their children to abuse. The test involved subjecting the sample to intense heat. —often used as (be) subjected to The prisoners were subjected to torture. During the hurricane, many buildings were subjected to 100 mile-per-hour winds. No one should have to be subjected to my uncle's bad jokes.

  2. 2 :  to bring (someone or something) under (one's control or rule) Alexander the Great subjected much of Europe and Asia to his rule. He subjected her to his will.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  one that is placed under authority or control: such as

    :  vassal

    :  one subject to a monarch and governed by the monarch's law

  1. :  owing obedience or allegiance to the power or dominion of another

    :  suffering a particular liability or exposure

    :  having a tendency or inclination :  prone

  1. :  to bring under control or dominion :  subjugate

    :  to make (someone, such as oneself) amenable to the discipline and control of a superior

    :  to make liable :  predispose

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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