[ noun ob-jikt, -jekt; verb uhb-jekt ]
/ noun ˈɒb dʒɪkt, -dʒɛkt; verb əbˈdʒɛkt /
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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.



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Origin of object

First recorded in 1325–75; (noun) Middle English: “something perceived, purpose, objection,” from Medieval Latin objectum “something thrown down or presented (to the mind),” noun use of neuter of Latin objectus (past participle of objicere ), equivalent to ob- ob- + jec- (combining form of jacere “to throw”; see jet1) + -tus past participle suffix; (verb) Middle English objecten “to argue against,” from Middle French obje(c)ter, from Latin objectāre “to throw or put before, oppose”
3. See aim.
ob·jec·tor, nouno·ver·ob·ject, verbre·ob·ject, verb (used with object)un·ob·ject·ed, adjective
abject, object

Definition for object (2 of 2)



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British Dictionary definitions for object (1 of 2)

/ (ˈɒbdʒɪkt) /


C14: from Late Latin objectus something thrown before (the mind), from Latin obicere; see object ²

British Dictionary definitions for object (2 of 2)

/ (əbˈdʒɛkt) /


(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)
objector, noun
C15: from Latin obicere, from ob- against + jacere to throw
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Cultural definitions for object


A part of a sentence; a noun, pronoun, or group of words that receives or is affected by the action of a verb. (See direct object, indirect object, and objective case.)

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Idioms and Phrases with object


see money is no object.

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