[noun ob-jikt, -jekt; verb uhb-jekt]
  1. anything that is visible or tangible and is relatively stable in form.
  2. a thing, person, or matter to which thought or action is directed: an object of medical investigation.
  3. the end toward which effort or action is directed; goal; purpose: Profit is the object of business.
  4. 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.
  5. anything that may be apprehended intellectually: objects of thought.
  6. Optics. the thing of which a lens or mirror forms an image.
  7. 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.
  8. Digital Technology.
    1. any item that can be individually selected or manipulated, as a picture, data file, or piece of text.
    2. in object-oriented programming, a self-contained entity that consists of both data and operations to manipulate the data.
  9. Metaphysics. something toward which a cognitive act is directed.
verb (used without object)
  1. to offer a reason or argument in opposition.
  2. to express or feel disapproval, dislike, or distaste; be averse.
  3. to refuse or attempt to refuse to permit some action, speech, etc.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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.
  2. 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 objecting

Contemporary Examples of objecting

Historical Examples of objecting

  • If your feeling is pride, then I am not objecting to the name, but the thing.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • "No—not bully you," he said slowly, as if objecting to the word rather than the idea.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • As he always paid liberally for the glasses, no one thought of objecting.

    Blazed Trail Stories

    Stewart Edward White

  • They desired to be understood, however, as not objecting to all the new Directors.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • Refusing to go in the first place, and now objecting to coming home.


    Alice Hegan Rice

British Dictionary definitions for objecting


  1. a tangible and visible thing
  2. a person or thing seen as a focus or target for feelings, thought, etcan object of affection
  3. an aim, purpose, or objective
  4. informal a ridiculous or pitiable person, spectacle, etc
  5. 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
  6. grammar a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase whose referent is the recipient of the action of a verbSee also direct object, indirect object
  7. grammar a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that is governed by a preposition
  8. no object not a hindrance or obstaclemoney is no object
  9. 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


  1. (tr; takes a clause as object) to state as an objectionhe objected that his motives had been good
  2. (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 objecting



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

objecting in Culture


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 objecting


see money is no object.

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