[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/

Nearby words

  1. prohibitionist,
  2. prohibitive,
  3. prohibitory,
  4. prohormone,
  5. proinsulin,
  6. project note,
  7. projected,
  8. projected window,
  9. projectile,
  10. projectile vomiting

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 forms

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for projected

British Dictionary definitions for projected


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 projected
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for projected


[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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