noun proj·ect \ˈprä-ˌjekt, -jikt also ˈprō-\

: a planned piece of work that has a specific purpose (such as to find information or to make something new) and that usually requires a lot of time

: a task or problem in school that requires careful work over a long period of time

Full Definition of PROJECT

:  a specific plan or design :  scheme
obsolete :  idea
:  a planned undertaking: as
a :  a definitely formulated piece of research
b :  a large usually government-supported undertaking
c :  a task or problem engaged in usually by a group of students to supplement and apply classroom studies
:  a usually public housing development consisting of houses or apartments built and arranged according to a single plan

Examples of PROJECT

  1. <an ambitious project to develop the city's waterfront>

Origin of PROJECT

Middle English projecte, from Medieval Latin projectum, from Latin, neuter of projectus, past participle of proicere to throw forward, from pro- + jacere to throw — more at jet
First Known Use: 15th century


verb pro·ject \prə-ˈjekt\

: to plan, calculate, or estimate (something) for a time in the future

: to cause (light, a picture, a movie, etc.) to appear on a surface

: to have or show (a particular quality, image, etc., that can be seen by other people)

Full Definition of PROJECT

transitive verb
a :  to devise in the mind :  design
b :  to plan, figure, or estimate for the future
:  to throw or cast forward :  thrust
:  to put or set forth :  present for consideration
:  to cause to jut out
:  to cause (light or shadow) to fall into space or (an image) to fall on a surface
:  to reproduce (as a point, line, or area) on a surface by motion in a prescribed direction
:  to display outwardly especially to an audience
:  to attribute (one's own ideas, feelings, or characteristics) to other people or to objects <a nation is an entity on which one can project many of the worst of one's instincts — Times Literary Supplement>
intransitive verb
:  to jut out :  protrude
a :  to come across vividly :  give an impression
b :  to make oneself heard clearly
pro·ject·able \-ˈjek-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of PROJECT

  1. He projected next year's costs as being slightly higher than this year's.
  2. It's difficult to project funding needs so far into the future.
  3. an athlete who projects a positive image to young people
  4. We need an actor who projects a tough-guy image.

Origin of PROJECT

Anglo-French projecter, from Latin projectus, past participle
First Known Use: 15th century


transitive verb pro·ject \prə-ˈjekt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PROJECT

:  to attribute or assign (something in one's own mind or a personal characteristic) to a person, group, or object <the patient projected hostility onto the therapist>
intransitive verb
:  to connect by sending nerve fibers or processes <cells of the lateral geniculate body project to the back part of the cerebral cortex>


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