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Subject vs. Agent — What's the Difference?

Subject vs. Agent — What's the Difference?

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Subject

A person or thing that is being discussed, described, or dealt with
I've said all there is to be said on the subject
He's the subject of a major new biography
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Agent

A person who acts on behalf of another person or group
In the event of illness, a durable power of attorney enabled her nephew to act as her agent
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Subject

A branch of knowledge studied or taught in a school, college, or university
Maths is not my best subject
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Agent

A person or thing that takes an active role or produces a specified effect
Universities are usually liberal communities that often view themselves as agents of social change
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Subject

A member of a state other than its ruler, especially one owing allegiance to a monarch or other supreme ruler
The legislation is applicable only to British subjects
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Agent

One that acts or has the power or authority to act.
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Subject

A noun or noun phrase functioning as one of the main components of a clause, being the element about which the rest of the clause is predicated.
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Agent

One empowered to act for or represent another
An author's agent.
An insurance agent.
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Subject

A thinking or feeling entity; the conscious mind; the ego, especially as opposed to anything external to the mind.
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Agent

A means by which something is done or caused; an instrument.
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Subject

Likely or prone to be affected by (a particular condition or occurrence, typically an unwelcome or unpleasant one)
He was subject to bouts of manic depression
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Agent

A force or substance that causes a change
A chemical agent.
An infectious agent.
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Subject

Dependent or conditional upon
The proposed merger is subject to the approval of the shareholders
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Agent

A representative or official of a government or administrative department of a government
An FBI agent.
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Subject

Under the authority of
Ministers are subject to the laws of the land
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Agent

A spy.
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Subject

Conditionally upon
Subject to the EC's agreement, we intend to set up an enterprise zone in the area
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Agent

(Linguistics) The argument that expresses the means or cause of an action or event described by a phrase or clause. The noun John is the agent in the clause John threw the ball.
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Subject

Cause or force someone or something to undergo (a particular experience or form of treatment, typically an unwelcome or unpleasant one)
He'd subjected her to a terrifying ordeal
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Agent

To act as an agent or representative for
Who will agent your next book?.
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Subject

Bring (a person or country) under one's control or jurisdiction, typically by using force
The city had been subjected to Macedonian rule
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Agent

To act as an agent or representative.
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Subject

Being in a position or in circumstances that place one under the power or authority of another or others
Subject to the law.
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Agent

One who exerts power, or has the power to act
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Subject

Prone; disposed
A child who is subject to colds.
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Agent

One who acts for, or in the place of, another (the principal), by that person's authority; someone entrusted to do the business of another
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Subject

Likely to incur or receive; exposed
A directive subject to misinterpretation.
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Agent

A person who looks for work for another person
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Subject

Contingent or dependent
A vacation subject to changing weather.
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Agent

Someone who works for an intelligence agency
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Subject

One who is under the rule of another or others, especially one who owes allegiance to a government or ruler.
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Agent

An active power or cause or substance; something (e.g. biological, chemical, thermal, etc.) that has the power to produce an effect
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Subject

One concerning which something is said or done; a person or thing being discussed or dealt with
A subject of gossip.
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Agent

(computing) In the client-server model, the part of the system that performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of a client or server. Especially in the phrase “intelligent agent” it implies some kind of autonomous process which can communicate with other agents to perform some collective task on behalf of one or more humans.
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Subject

Something that is treated or indicated in a work of art.
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Agent

(grammar) The participant of a situation that carries out the action in this situation, e.g. "the boy" in the sentences "The boy kicked the ball" and "The ball was kicked by the boy".
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Subject

(Music) A theme of a composition, especially a fugue.
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Agent

(gambling) A cheat who is assisted by dishonest casino staff.
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Subject

A course or area of study
Math is her best subject.
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Agent

Acting; - opposed to patient, or sustaining, action.
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Subject

A basis for action; a cause.
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Agent

One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor.
Heaven made us agents, free to good or ill.
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Subject

One that experiences or is subjected to something
The subject of ridicule.
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Agent

One who acts for, or in the place of, another, by authority from him; one intrusted with the business of another; a substitute; a deputy; a factor.
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Subject

A person or animal that is the object of medical or scientific study
The experiment involved 12 subjects.
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Agent

An active power or cause; that which has the power to produce an effect, such as a physical, chemical, or medicinal agent; as, heat is a powerful agent.
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Subject

A corpse intended for anatomical study and dissection.
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Agent

A chemical substance having biological effects; a drug.
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Subject

One who is under surveillance
The subject was observed leaving the scene of the murder.
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Agent

An active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect;
Their research uncovered new disease agents
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Subject

(Grammar) The noun, noun phrase, or pronoun in a sentence or clause that denotes the doer of the action or what is described by the predicate.
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Agent

A substance that exerts some force or effect
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Subject

(Logic) The term of a proposition about which something is affirmed or denied.
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Agent

A representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
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Subject

The mind or thinking part as distinguished from the object of thought.
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Agent

A businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
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Subject

A being that undergoes personal conscious or unconscious experience of itself and of the world.
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Agent

Any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau
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Subject

The essential nature or substance of something as distinguished from its attributes.
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Agent

The semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the hapening denoted by the verb in the clause
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Subject

To cause to experience, undergo, or be acted upon
Suspects subjected to interrogation.
Rocks subjected to intense pressure.
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Subject

To subjugate; subdue.
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Subject

To submit to the authority of
Peoples that subjected themselves to the emperor.
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Subject

Likely to be affected by or to experience something.
A country subject to extreme heat
Menu listings and prices are subject to change.
He's subject to sneezing fits.
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Subject

Conditional upon something; used with to.
The local board sets local policy, subject to approval from the State Board.
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Subject

Placed or situated under; lying below, or in a lower situation.
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Subject

Placed under the power of another; owing allegiance to a particular sovereign or state.
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Subject

(grammar) In a clause: the word or word group (usually a noun phrase) about whom the statement is made. In active clauses with verbs denoting an action, the subject and the actor are usually the same.
In the sentence ‘The cat ate the mouse’, ‘the cat’ is the subject, ‘the mouse’ being the object.
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Subject

An actor; one who takes action.
The subjects and objects of power.
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Subject

The main topic of a paper, work of art, discussion, field of study, etc.
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Subject

A particular area of study.
Her favorite subject is physics.
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Subject

A citizen in a monarchy.
I am a British subject.
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Subject

A person ruled over by another, especially a monarch or state authority.
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Subject

(music) The main theme or melody, especially in a fugue.
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Subject

A human, animal or an inanimate object that is being examined, treated, analysed, etc.
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Subject

(philosophy) A being that has subjective experiences, subjective consciousness, or a relationship with another entity.
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Subject

(logic) That of which something is stated.
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Subject

(math) The variable in terms of which an expression is defined.
0, we have x
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Subject

To cause (someone or something) to undergo a particular experience, especially one that is unpleasant or unwanted.
I came here to buy souvenirs, not to be subjected to a tirade of abuse!
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Subject

(transitive) To make subordinate or subservient; to subdue or enslave.
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Subject

Placed or situated under; lying below, or in a lower situation.
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Subject

Placed under the power of another; specifically (International Law), owing allegiance to a particular sovereign or state; as, Jamaica is subject to Great Britain.
Esau was never subject to Jacob.
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Subject

Exposed; liable; prone; disposed; as, a country subject to extreme heat; men subject to temptation.
All human things are subject to decay.
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Subject

Obedient; submissive.
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities.
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Subject

That which is placed under the authority, dominion, control, or influence of something else.
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Subject

Specifically: One who is under the authority of a ruler and is governed by his laws; one who owes allegiance to a sovereign or a sovereign state; as, a subject of Queen Victoria; a British subject; a subject of the United States.
Was never subject longed to be a king,As I do long and wish to be a subject.
The subject must obey his prince, because God commands it, human laws require it.
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Subject

That which is subjected, or submitted to, any physical operation or process; specifically (Anat.), a dead body used for the purpose of dissection.
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Subject

That which is brought under thought or examination; that which is taken up for discussion, or concerning which anything is said or done.
Make choice of a subject, beautiful and noble, which . . . shall afford an ample field of matter wherein to expatiate.
The unhappy subject of these quarrels.
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Subject

The person who is treated of; the hero of a piece; the chief character.
Writers of particular lives . . . are apt to be prejudiced in favor of their subject.
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Subject

That of which anything is affirmed or predicated; the theme of a proposition or discourse; that which is spoken of; as, the nominative case is the subject of the verb.
The subject of a proposition is that concerning which anything is affirmed or denied.
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Subject

That in which any quality, attribute, or relation, whether spiritual or material, inheres, or to which any of these appertain; substance; substratum.
That which manifests its qualities - in other words, that in which the appearing causes inhere, that to which they belong - is called their subject or substance, or substratum.
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Subject

The principal theme, or leading thought or phrase, on which a composition or a movement is based.
The earliest known form of subject is the ecclesiastical cantus firmus, or plain song.
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Subject

The incident, scene, figure, group, etc., which it is the aim of the artist to represent.
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Subject

To bring under control, power, or dominion; to make subject; to subordinate; to subdue.
Firmness of mind that subjects every gratification of sense to the rule of right reason.
In one short view subjected to our eye,Gods, emperors, heroes, sages, beauties, lie.
He is the most subjected, the most nslaved, who is so in his understanding.
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Subject

To expose; to make obnoxious or liable; as, credulity subjects a person to impositions.
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Subject

To submit; to make accountable.
God is not bound to subject his ways of operation to the scrutiny of our thoughts.
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Subject

To make subservient.
Subjected to his service angel wings.
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Subject

To cause to undergo; as, to subject a substance to a white heat; to subject a person to a rigid test.
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Subject

The subject matter of a conversation or discussion;
He didn't want to discuss that subject
It was a very sensitive topic
His letters were always on the theme of love
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Subject

Some situation or event that is thought about;
He kept drifting off the topic
He had been thinking about the subject for several years
It is a matter for the police
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Subject

A branch of knowledge;
In what discipline is his doctorate?
Teachers should be well trained in their subject
Anthropology is the study of human beings
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Subject

Something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation;
A moving picture of a train is more dramatic than a still picture of the same subject
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Subject

A person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation;
The subjects for this investigation were selected randomly
The cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities
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Subject

A person who owes allegiance to that nation;
A monarch has a duty to his subjects
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Subject

(grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated
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Subject

(logic) the first term of a proposition
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Subject

Cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to;
He subjected me to his awful poetry
The sergeant subjected the new recruits to many drills
People in Chernobyl were subjected to radiation
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Subject

Make accountable for;
He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors
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Subject

Make subservient; force to submit or subdue
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Subject

Refer for judgment or consideration;
She submitted a proposal to the agency
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Subject

Not exempt from tax;
The gift will be subject to taxation
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Subject

Possibly accepting or permitting;
A passage capable of misinterpretation
Open to interpretation
An issue open to question
The time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation
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Subject

Being under the power or sovereignty of another or others;
Subject peoples
A dependent prince
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