be subject to (something)

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be subject to (something)

1. To be guided, controlled, or ruled by something. Remember, when you travel to a foreign country, you are subject to their unique laws and traditions, not your own. I'm afraid our stores are subject to the rules established by the corporate headquarters, so there's nothing we can do about it here. Of course, all of our plans there will be subject to the weather—if we get nothing but rain, we'll be spending the vacation indoors.
2. To be required to receive, incur, or experience something. During your stay at this institution, your room will be subject to weekly inspections. Any company caught misrepresenting its tax liabilities will be subject to an external audit carried out by our regulatory branch.
3. To be prone or susceptible to something; to be likely or inclined to incur or experience something. I've been subject to hay fever since I was a child. While the small island usually gets blissful sunshine, its location means it is subject to awful storms every now and then.
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subject to (something)

1. Guided, controlled, or ruled by something. Remember, when you travel to a foreign country, you are subject to their unique laws and traditions, not your own. I'm afraid our stores are subject to the rules established by the corporate headquarters, so there's nothing we can do about it here. Of course, all of our plans there will be subject to the weather—if we get nothing but rain, we'll be spending the vacation indoors.
2. Required to receive, incur, or experience something. During your stay at this institution, your room will be subject to weekly inspections. Any company caught misrepresenting its tax liabilities will be subject to an external audit carried out by our regulatory branch.
3. Prone or susceptible to something; likely or inclined to incur or experience something. I've been subject to hay fever since I was a child. While the small island usually gets blissful sunshine, its location means it is subject to awful storms every now and then.
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subject someone or something to something

to cause someone to endure someone or something. I didn't mean to subject you to Uncle Harry. I am sorry I have to subject you to all this questioning.
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subject to something

likely to have something, such as a physical disorder, The sick man was subject to dizzy spells. I am subject to frequent headaches.
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subject to, be

1. Be under the control or authority of, as in All citizens in this nation are subject to the law. [First half of 1300s]
2. Be prone or disposed to, as in This child has always been subject to colds. [Late 1300s]
3. Be likely to incur or receive, as in This memo is subject to misinterpretation. [Late 1300s]
4. Depend on, be likely to be affected by, as in Our vacation plans are subject to the boss's whims. [Early 1800s]
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subject to

v.
To cause someone to undergo or experience something: The commander subjected the troops to daily inspections. The oil platform was subjected to extreme weather.
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References in classic literature ?
Certainly no such whimsical idea crossed my mind when I dropped the letter, but between you and me and my night-socks, which have all this time been airing by the fire because I am subject to cold feet, I have sometimes toyed with it since.
Oh, my dear, it's raining cats and dogs outside!...Apart from that, Christine, I think I am subject to hallucinations....You know, the man who rang at the siren's door just now--go and look if he's ringing at the bottom of the lake-well, he was rather like.
While I am in England, at any rate," he added with a smile, "I am subject to your laws, and I do my best to obey them."
"As I am subject to Apple's replacement program, I visited a Ubase store in Gangnam.
On January 3 I received a PCN stating I had performed an illegal right turn and am subject to a fine.
(i) Item 5: "I am subject to personal harassment in the form of unkind words or behaviour"
Wyness faced the media alongside new boss Di Matteo and new owner Tony Xia on Wednesday and said: "First of all I've got to make it quite clear that I am subject to Football League approval and I've got a meeting with them."
I laugh at inappropriate times and am subject to sporadic smiles so wide I have to turn sidewards to get through doors.
"It is the second time I have been in this courtroom, but the first time I am subject to questioning," he answered, when asked whether he had been interrogated before.
"I am subject to Osman warnings (an official notice informing someone they are at risk of being murdered).
You might know that I write a fair bit – novels, films, columns and journalism – and so am subject to the various reactions of whoever fancies having a go.
Four out of five motorcycle accidents are actually caused by Whilst riding my motorcycle, I am subject to almost daily assault by poor driving, ranging from ill-considered manoeuvres, lack of attention and disregard for my presence on the road.
In a message sent yesterday from prison, al-Issawi said that doctors had informed him that "I am subject to strokes as I suffer from tachycardia, shortage of sugar and low blood pressure.
Thinking in accordance with a particular position that I am subject to within a discourse, using words to which I am subject can limit my capacity to be, to feel alive, to engage.
"I currently am subject to an array of state insurance regulations and oversight for the sale of fixed and variable annuity insurance products," stated the writer, Margaret A.