- anything that is visible or tangible and is relatively stable in form.
- a thing, person, or matter to which thought or action is directed: an object of medical investigation.
- the end toward which effort or action is directed; goal; purpose: Profit is the object of business.
- a person or thing with reference to the impression made on the mind or the feeling or emotion elicited in an observer: an object of curiosity and pity.
- anything that may be apprehended intellectually: objects of thought.
- Optics. the thing of which a lens or mirror forms an image.
- Grammar. (in many languages, as English) a noun, noun phrase, or noun substitute representing by its syntactical position either the goal of the action of a verb or the goal of a preposition in a prepositional phrase, as ball in John hit the ball, Venice in He came to Venice, coin and her in He gave her a coin.Compare direct object, indirect object.
- Digital Technology.
- any item that can be individually selected or manipulated, as a picture, data file, or piece of text.
- in object-oriented programming, a self-contained entity that consists of both data and operations to manipulate the data.
- Metaphysics. something toward which a cognitive act is directed.
- to offer a reason or argument in opposition.
- to express or feel disapproval, dislike, or distaste; be averse.
- to refuse or attempt to refuse to permit some action, speech, etc.
- to state, claim, or cite in opposition; put forward in objection, disagreement, or disapproval: Some people objected that the proposed import duty would harm world trade.
- Archaic. to bring forward or adduce in opposition.
Origin of object
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Examples from the Web for objected
McClain could have objected, but that would have been going against what has become common practice.Ray Rice Should Have Remembered His 'Kindness' Anti-Bullying Wristband
September 10, 2014
“We shouldn't be doing this on an appropriations bill after only 10 minutes of debate,” objected Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD).House Votes to Defund NSA ‘Backdoor’ Searches
June 20, 2014
Their goal is to frighten women who have objected to forced hijab.Iran Says Take Off the Veil—and Be Raped
June 9, 2014
Could owners who objected to vaccinations, on religious grounds, delete such healthcare provisions from their coverage?Religious Freedom, or a License to Discriminate?
March 23, 2014
If the Western countries objected to any of these moves, they objected lightly and only formally.Three Questions for Ukraine Hawks
March 19, 2014
"Whether we've done anything, or whether we haven't, don't matter," he objected.
"Stay though, my friend, it was his gown," objected Alleyne.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
"But tell me just how you know that fact," Demarest objected very crisply.
"You'll go on here to the end of your days, working for a pittance," he objected.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The more Cleon objected, the more they shouted that he should go.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
- a tangible and visible thing
- a person or thing seen as a focus or target for feelings, thought, etcan object of affection
- an aim, purpose, or objective
- informal a ridiculous or pitiable person, spectacle, etc
- philosophy that towards which cognition is directed, as contrasted with the thinking subject; anything regarded as external to the mind, esp in the external world
- grammar a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase whose referent is the recipient of the action of a verbSee also direct object, indirect object
- grammar a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that is governed by a preposition
- no object not a hindrance or obstaclemoney is no object
- computing a self-contained identifiable component of a software system or designobject-oriented programming
- (tr; takes a clause as object) to state as an objectionhe objected that his motives had been good
- (intr often foll by to) to raise or state an objection (to); present an argument (against)
Word Origin and History for objected
late 14c., "tangible thing, something perceived or presented to the senses," from Medieval Latin objectum "thing put before" (the mind or sight), noun use of neuter of Latin obiectus "lying before, opposite" (as a noun in classical Latin, "charges, accusations"), past participle of obicere "to present, oppose, cast in the way of," from ob "against" (see ob-) + iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Sense of "thing aimed at" is late 14c. No object "not a thing regarded as important" is from 1782. As an adjective, "presented to the senses," from late 14c. Object lesson "instruction conveyed by examination of a material object" is from 1831.
c.1400, "to bring forward in opposition," from Old French objecter and directly from Latin obiectus, past participle of obiectare "to cite as grounds for disapproval, set against, oppose," literally "to put or throw before or against," frequentative of obicere (see object (n.)). Related: Objected; objecting.
Idioms and Phrases with objected
see money is no object.