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[ in-truh-jekt ]
/ ˌɪn trəˈdʒɛkt /

verb (used with or without object) Psychoanalysis.

to incorporate by introjection.

Nearby words

introductory, introflection, introgression, introit, introitus, introject, introjection, intromission, intromit, intromittent, intron

Origin of introject

First recorded in 1925; back formation from introjection Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for introject


/ (ˌɪntrəˈdʒɛkt) /

verb psychol

(intr) (esp of a child) to incorporate ideas of others, or (in fantasy) of objects
to turn (feelings for another) towards oneself
Compare projectSee also internalize
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Word Origin and History for introject



1925, probably a back-formation from introjection. Related: Introjected; introjecting.

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