[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.

Nearby words

  1. obit,
  2. obiter,
  3. obiter dictum,
  4. obituary,
  5. obj.,
  6. object ball,
  7. object choice,
  8. object code,
  9. object complement,
  10. object distance

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

Synonym study

3. See aim.

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British Dictionary definitions for objecting




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 objecting
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Culture definitions for objecting


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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