- 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 objecting
And now the reason Congress is objecting to this is that it wants to keep these sanctions.GOP Rejects Obama’s ‘Creative’ Iran Nuclear Compromises
September 20, 2014
A growing chorus of religious scholars is objecting to their declaration of a caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria.Al Qaeda to ISIS: Get Off My Lawn—The Theological Debate Behind the Caliphate
July 9, 2014
Taranto called me "silly" for objecting to this way of looking at things.James Taranto, Heckler?
January 31, 2013
One doesn't even know where to begin when objecting to this proposal.The Mizrahi Jewish “Refugee” Problem
January 10, 2013
Many of the lawyers volunteering will be watching polls and objecting to any voting irregularities.Obama, Romney Lawyers Spoiling for Recount as Election Day Unfolds
November 6, 2012
If your feeling is pride, then I am not objecting to the name, but the thing.Wilfrid Cumbermede
"No—not bully you," he said slowly, as if objecting to the word rather than the idea.The Market-Place
As he always paid liberally for the glasses, no one thought of objecting.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
They desired to be understood, however, as not objecting to all the new Directors.Art in England
Refusing to go in the first place, and now objecting to coming home.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
- 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 objecting
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 objecting
see money is no object.