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I don"t quite understand what "subject" means in this sentence. Can anybody explain it for me? "Don't subject yourself to ridicule."

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in your sentence, "subject" has the meaning

bring upon

Don't subject yourself to ridicule.
Don't bring ridicule upon yourself

To be

subjected to something

is to be brought under the influence of, effects of, or object of an action.

For your usage, it is often pronounced "sub-JECT" with the accent on the second syllable, not to be confused with "SUB-ject" which is the beginning of a sentence.

  • Does it mean "stand" or "accept", Peter? – haile Jun 7 '16 at 4:22
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    Neither "stand" nor "accept", just that there is something effecting an influence. For example, if it's raining and you walk outside you will "subject" yourself to the rain (and get wet). Whether you "stand" for it or "accept" it is a different matter. Usually, you will not "subject" yourself to something because the consequences are not acceptable to you (you don't want to get wet). By "subjecting" yourself to an action, you become the object of that action, you can "accept" or not accept the result of the action, but that's a different issue. – Peter Jun 7 '16 at 4:53
  • "Subjecting onself" is not the archetypical use: X subjects Y to Z means that X causes Y to be affected or influenced by Z. – Colin Fine Jun 8 '16 at 16:36
  • -ject is a word element from Latin that means "throw", and sub- means "under". So, don't "throw yourself under" ridicule. – LawrenceC Jun 8 '16 at 18:11

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