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subject

noun

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1 a major object of interest or concern (as in a discussion or artistic composition)
  • The subject of our discussion switched from who would be the next president to who was the greatest president in the nation's history.
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2 a person who owes allegiance to a government and is protected by it
  • My dad was born in England and is still a British subject.
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3 something (as a belief) that serves as the basis for another thing
  • He has no subject to protest this time, but that's never stopped him before.
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citizen, subject, national mean a person owing allegiance to and entitled to the protection of a sovereign state. citizen is preferred for one owing allegiance to a state in which sovereign power is retained by the people and sharing in the political rights of those people.
    • the rights of a free citizen
subject implies allegiance to a personal sovereign such as a monarch.
    • the king's subjects
national designates one who may claim the protection of a state and applies especially to one living or traveling outside that state.
    • American nationals working in the Middle East

subject

verb

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to bring under one's control by force of arms
  • Attila the Hun subjected most of Europe to his barbaric pillage.
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