[noun ob-jikt, -jekt; verb uhb-jekt]


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.

Origin of object

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; (v.) Middle English objecten to argue against (< Middle French obje(c)ter) < Latin objectāre to throw or put before, oppose
Related formsob·jec·tor, nouno·ver·ob·ject, verbre·ob·ject, verb (used with object)un·ob·ject·ed, adjective
Can be confusedabject object

Synonyms for object

Synonym study

3. See aim.
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Examples from the Web for objected

Contemporary Examples of objected

Historical Examples of objected

  • "Whether we've done anything, or whether we haven't, don't matter," he objected.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • "Stay though, my friend, it was his gown," objected Alleyne.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "But tell me just how you know that fact," Demarest objected very crisply.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • "You'll go on here to the end of your days, working for a pittance," he objected.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The more Cleon objected, the more they shouted that he should go.

British Dictionary definitions for objected




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

Word Origin for object

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




(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 Formsobjector, noun

Word Origin for object

C15: from Latin obicere, from ob- against + jacere to throw
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Word Origin and History for objected



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.

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Culture definitions for objected


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 objected


see money is no object.

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