[ noun ob-jikt, -jekt; verb uhb-jekt ]
/ noun ˈɒb dʒɪkt, -dʒɛkt; verb əbˈdʒɛkt /
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.
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.
- 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.
verb (used without object)
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.
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”
synonym study for object
3. See aim.
OTHER WORDS FROM objectob·jec·tor, nouno·ver·ob·ject, verbre·ob·ject, verb (used with object)un·ob·ject·ed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH objectabject, object
Definition for object (2 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for object (1 of 2)
/ (ˈɒbdʒɪkt) /
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 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
Word Origin for object
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)
Derived forms of objectobjector, noun
Word Origin for object
C15: from Latin obicere, from ob- against + jacere to throw
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Cultural definitions for object
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Idioms and Phrases with object
see money is no object.
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