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subject

3 verb
     
Related topics: Government
sub‧ject3 [transitive]
formalPG to force a country or group of people to be ruled by you, and control them very strictly

subject somebody/something to something

phrasal verb
to force someone or something to experience something very unpleasant, especially over a long time:
Police subjected him to hours of questioning.
subject somebody to an ordeal/abuse/harassment
Barker subjected his victim to awful abuse.

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