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

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 ?
Kasatsky felt that he was neither in his own hands nor in God's, but was subject to something else.
If they want to talk about it, fine, but if not, allow them to change the subject to something that will make them feel better.
We would try to employ some sort of diversionary technique to divert the subject to something we knew something about.
Then change the subject to something happier, like the awesome concert set for Friday.
Depending on the crowd, either speak up to stop the complaining and change the subject to something sunnier or simply be quiet and don't complain yourself.
Maybe the media wanted to change the subject to something pleasant -- or completely unimportant -- but the arrival of Kate and William's baby boy was a timely blessing.
All football teams are subject to something called regression toward a mean.
Richard Hunter, Head of UK Equities at Hargreaves Lansdown Stockbrokers, commented, "Having trailed the drop in profits in its update last month, Home Retail is subject to something of a relief rally in early trade.
In the real world, however, board behavior is also subject to something that is far less easy to grasp--namely, group dynamics.
Every time I tried to bring it up, in fact, it seemed as if she would change the subject to something more exciting like the latest shoe sale at Nordstrom or the fact that one of our two kids got a hit in Little League.
The 2009 elections will be subject to something similar.
4 : not subject to something : exempt <They are immune from punishment.
The three friends were growing more nervous as they tried to change the subject to something fun, like their summer vacations.
After the summer arrival of new defence coach Alan Tait to add to Grimes and the more influential scrummaging role given to Ian Peel, the Falcons' play book and overall style has been subject to something of an overhaul.
Mum made her disgust known loudly to me as we sat in the crowded waiting room, brushing aside my embarrassed attempts to switch the subject to something a little more 'audience-friendly', such as the uncomfortable chairs.