[noun proj-ekt, -ikt; verb pruh-jekt]


verb (used with object) pro·ject [pruh-jekt] /prəˈdʒɛkt/

verb (used without object) pro·ject [pruh-jekt] /prəˈdʒɛkt/

Origin of project

1350–1400; (noun) Middle English project(e) design, plan < Medieval Latin prōjectum, Latin: projecting part, noun use of neuter of Latin prōjectus, past participle of prōicere to throw forward, extend, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -icere, combining form of jacere to throw; (v.) late Middle English project(e) (past participle) extended, projected < Latin prōjectus
Related formspro·ject·a·ble, adjectivepro·ject·ing·ly, adverbcoun·ter·proj·ect, nounnon·pro·ject·ing, adjectivere·pro·ject, verbsub·proj·ect, nounun·pro·ject·ed, adjectiveun·pro·ject·ing, adjective

Synonyms for project

Synonym study

1. See plan. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for project

Contemporary Examples of project

Historical Examples of project

  • The lord-mayor soon withdrew his countenance from the project.

    Biographical Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • It was a project which pleased her taste, and gratified her aristocratic notions.

  • But in his heart, I am sure, he was relieved by my perseverance in the project.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Mr. Field invited Mr. Gisborne to his house in order to discuss the project.

  • Startling as this may now seem, I am confident the time will come when the project will be realised.'

British Dictionary definitions for project


noun (ˈprɒdʒɛkt)

a proposal, scheme, or design
  1. a task requiring considerable or concerted effort, such as one by students
  2. the subject of such a task
US short for housing project

verb (prəˈdʒɛkt)

(tr) to propose or plan
(tr) to predict; estimate; extrapolatewe can project future needs on the basis of the current birth rate
(tr) to throw or cast forwards
to jut or cause to jut out
(tr) to send forth or transport in the imaginationto project oneself into the future
(tr) to cause (an image) to appear on a surface
to cause (one's voice) to be heard clearly at a distance
  1. (intr)(esp of a child) to believe that others share one's subjective mental life
  2. to impute to others (one's hidden desires and impulses), esp as a means of defending oneselfCompare introject
(tr) geometry to draw a projection of
(intr) to communicate effectively, esp to a large gathering

Word Origin for project

C14: from Latin prōicere to throw down, from pro- 1 + iacere to throw
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Word Origin and History for project

c.1400, "a plan, draft, scheme," from Latin proiectum "something thrown forth," noun use of neuter of proiectus, past participle of proicere "stretch out, throw forth," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + combining form of iacere (past participle iactus) "to throw" (see jet (v.)).

Meaning "scheme, proposal, mental plan" is from c.1600. Meaning "group of low-rent apartment buildings" first recorded 1935, American English, short for housing project (1932). Related: Projects. Project manager attested from 1913.


late 15c., "to plan," from Latin proiectus, past participle of proicere (see project (n.)). Sense of "to stick out" is from 1718. Meaning "to cast an image on a screen" is recorded from 1865. Psychoanalytical sense, "attribute to another (unconsciously)" is from 1895 (implied in a use of projective). Meaning "convey to others by one's manner" is recorded by 1955. Related: Projected; projecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for project


[prŏjkt′, -ĭkt]


A plan or proposal; a scheme.
An undertaking requiring concerted effort.


To extend forward or out; jut out.
To cause an image to appear on a surface.
In psychology, to externalize and attribute something, such as an emotion, to someone or something else.
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