- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for object on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for object
And who better to do that with than the actress who is playing the object of said (alleged) lesbian affection in the flick?Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline
December 16, 2014
If they run off with somebody else, we say they were stolen—as if they are an object or a commodity.Owning Up to Possession’s Downside
December 14, 2014
The show, Bell Hooks argued in Black Looks: Race and Representation, “represents wom[e]n as the object of a phallocentric gaze.”Science-Fiction TV Finds a New Muse: Feminism
November 29, 2014
And for some clients, money was no object in getting their fantasies fulfilled.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
Hockney saw the object that would become the bane of office secretaries everywhere as bringing him closer to his art.The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney
November 23, 2014
The object of her solicitude entered in dressing-gown and slippers.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"I shall not interfere with that arrangement," said the lawyer, misunderstanding his object.
My object in calling upon him was to induce him to do me justice at last.
This object, through the kindness of friends, was accomplished.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
I remembered the object of my visit, and struggled for composure.
- 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 object
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 object
see money is no object.