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< Middle English subget < Old French suget < Latin subiectus (lying under or near, adjacent, also subject, exposed), as a noun, subiectus (a subject, an inferior), subiectum (the subject of a proposition), prop. pp. of subiicere (to throw, lay, plce, or bind under, subject), pp. subiectus < sub (under) + iacere (to throw).

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subject (plural subjects)

  1. (grammar) In a clause: the word or word group (usually a noun phrase) that is dealt with. In active clauses with verbs denoting an action, the subject and the actor are usually the same.
    “In the sentence ‘The mouse is eaten by the cat in the kitchen.’, ‘The mouse’ is the subject, ‘the cat’ being the agent.”
  2. The main topic of a paper, work of art, discussion, etc.
  3. A particular area of study.
    Her favorite subject is physics.
  4. A citizen in a monarchy.
    I am a British subject.
  5. A person ruled over by another, especially a monarch or state authority

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