aim adds to these implications of effort directed toward attaining or accomplishing.
her aim was to raise film to an art form
end stresses the intended effect of action often in distinction or contrast to the action or means as such.
willing to use any means to achieve his end
object may equal end but more often applies to a more individually determined wish or need.
his constant object was the achievement of pleasure
objective implies something tangible and immediately attainable.
their objective is to seize the oil fields
goal suggests something attained only by prolonged effort and hardship.
worked years to reach her goals
There were three objects in the box: a comb, a pen, and a button.
His object is to determine how much the business will cost to operate. Verb
No one objected when the paintings were removed.
“We can't buy the chair,” he objected. “It won't fit in the car.”
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The user is alerted through sensors and motors that detect objects and send strong or weak vibrations to the hand depending on the object’s proximity.—Ebonee Burrell, Orlando Sentinel, 14 Jan. 2023 As a space and object, [Brasília] is a landmark of modernism and Brazilian architecture.—Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2023 Two weeks ago, defensive lineman J.J. Watt became the shiny object that mercifully diverted our attention from the ugliness of this Cardinals season.—Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 8 Jan. 2023 Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office in 1901 without swearing upon any text or object, because the ceremony was rushed through in the wake of President William McKinley's assassination.—Bryan Pietsch, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Jan. 2023 Surely working mathematicians had come across this shiny object before and recognized it as fool’s gold.—Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, 3 Jan. 2023 The outlet said anyone found to have damaged an Aboriginal site or object could face a fine equal to $6,700 or up to six months in prison.—Jason Hahn, Peoplemag, 21 Dec. 2022 Haley herself is no stranger to oscillating between the purveyor and object of the Republicans’ race-blind strategy.—Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 7 Nov. 2022 The more important takeaway Saturday is that there is still a large gulf between Georgia and everybody else, including the shiny new object that came to Athens with an aura of unstoppability.—Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2022
Donald Trump pressured Members of Congress to object to valid slates of electors. . . .—Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 9 Jan. 2023 White House visitor logs were cited just three times in the committee’s final report, all in reference to a Dec. 21, 2020, meeting attended by House Republicans planning to object to the certification of the electoral college vote.—Patrick Marley, Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2023 Donalds returned the initial favor, voting to object to the certification of Arizona and Pennnsylvania’s 2020 presidential election results.—Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 4 Jan. 2023 The idea of a public hearing was a last-ditch effort by the Trump team to give those false claims of a fraudulent election the veneer of legitimacy and hopefully convince members of Congress to object to certifying Biden’s win.—Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Jan. 2023 Both the offender and victim must be notified and granted an opportunity to object.—Jake Zuckerman, cleveland, 29 Dec. 2022 The new legislation also raises the threshold required for members of Congress to object to certifying the electors.—Arkansas Online, 24 Dec. 2022 The legislation raises the threshold to object to electors from one member in each chamber to one-fifth of all members.—Lisa Hagen, Hartford Courant, 24 Dec. 2022 The new legislation also raises the threshold required for members of Congress to object to certifying the electors.—Nicholas Riccardi, Chicago Tribune, 23 Dec. 2022
But just shooting an object head-on without any movement is very dull.—Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2022 But just shooting an object head-on without any movement is very dull.—Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2022 But just shooting an object head-on without any movement is very dull.—Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2022 But just shooting an object head-on without any movement is very dull.—Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2022 But just shooting an object head-on without any movement is very dull.—Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2022 But just shooting an object head-on without any movement is very dull.—Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2022 The case raises the important question of whether the testimony and result will serve as object lessons for investors confronted with cheery promises in the future.—Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2022 One of these, game playing, combines social, locomotive and object play.—Caitlin O'connell, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2021 See More
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Middle English object, objecte "something presented to the senses, purpose, objection," borrowed from Latin objectum "something presented to the senses, charge, accusation" (Medieval Latin also, "something presented to the mind, goal, aim"), noun derivative from neuter of objectus, past participle of obicere, objicere "to throw in the way, place against, put forward, present (to the eyes, mind, etc.), cite as a ground for disapproval," from ob- "against, in the way" + jacere "to throw, cast" — more at ob-, jet entry 3
Middle English objecten, in part borrowed from Latin objectus, past participle of obicere, objicere "to throw in the way, put forward, cite as a ground for disapproval or criticism," in part borrowed from Latin objectāre "to throw before, put in the way, cite as a ground for disapproval," frequentative of obicere — more at object entry 1