object

noun
ob·​ject | \ ˈäb-jikt How to pronounce object (audio) , -(ˌ)jekt How to pronounce object (audio) \

Definition of object

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : something material that may be perceived by the senses I see an object in the distance.
b : something that when viewed stirs a particular emotion (such as pity) Look on the tragic loading of this bed … the object poisons sight; let it be hid.— William Shakespeare
2a : something mental or physical toward which thought, feeling, or action is directed an object for study the object of my affection delicately carved art objects
b : something physical that is perceived by an individual and becomes an agent for psychological identification The mother is the primary object of the child.
3a : the goal or end of an effort or activity : purpose, objective Their object is to investigate the matter thoroughly. The object of the game is to score the most points.
b : a cause for attention or concern Money is no object.
4 : a thing that forms an element of or constitutes the subject matter of an investigation or science objects of study
5a : a noun or noun equivalent (such as a pronoun, gerund, or clause) denoting the goal or result of the action of a verb (such as ball in I hit the ball)
b : a noun or noun equivalent in a prepositional phrase (such as table in on the table)
6a : a data structure in object-oriented programming that can contain functions (see function entry 1 sense 7) as well as constants, variables, and other data structures
b : a discrete entity (such as a window or icon) in computer graphics (see graphic entry 2 sense 2b) that can be manipulated independently of other such entities

object

verb
ob·​ject | \ əb-ˈjekt How to pronounce object (audio) \
objected; objecting; objects

Definition of object (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to put forth in opposition or as an objection objected that the statement was misleading

intransitive verb

1 : to oppose something firmly and usually with words or arguments
2 : to feel distaste for something

object

adjective
\ ˈäb-jikt How to pronounce object (audio) , -(ˌ)jekt How to pronounce object (audio) \

Definition of object (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or being object code an object file

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Other Words from object

Noun

objectless \ ˈäb-​jikt-​ləs How to pronounce objectless (audio) , -​(ˌ)jekt-​ \ adjective
objectlessness noun

Verb

objector \ əb-​ˈjek-​tər How to pronounce objector (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for object

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Noun

intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal mean what one intends to accomplish or attain. intention implies little more than what one has in mind to do or bring about. announced his intention to marry intent suggests clearer formulation or greater deliberateness. the clear intent of the statute purpose suggests a more settled determination. being successful was her purpose in life design implies a more carefully calculated plan. the order of events came by accident, not design 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

Verb

object and protest mean to oppose something by arguing against it. object is used of a person's great dislike or hatred. I object to being called a liar. protest is used for the act of presenting objections in speech, writing, or in an organized, public demonstration. There were several groups protesting the building of the airport.

Examples of object in a Sentence

Noun 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because Pluto shares some of its orbit with other objects, including the distant dwarf planet Eris, the IAU downgraded it to a dwarf planet. Tom Metcalfe, NBC News, "Is this asteroid the littlest planet? Some astronomers think so.," 11 Nov. 2019 Extra: Instead of balloons try using ping pong balls or other objects in this activity. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Balloon Magic with Bernoulli’s Principle," 7 Nov. 2019 In early hours Monday, police fired tear gas after some protesters threw bricks and other objects at them in another district. Washington Post, "Attacker bites politician’s ear, others slashed in Hong Kong," 4 Nov. 2019 While art is a necessary staple of any home, that art doesn't have to be confined to paintings and prints in frames—there are plenty of other objects to add to your decor. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Forget Gallery Walls, You Need a Hanging Plate Wall," 31 Oct. 2019 At Sunday’s rally, some protesters threw umbrellas and other objects at riot police, who responded with tear gas, bringing traffic on a main road to a standstill. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 28 Oct. 2019 These intricate altars feature an assemblage of photos and other objects representing people whom the work’s creator has lost. Amanda Klarsfeld, sun-sentinel.com, "Altared state: Ofrendas honor dead with colorful celebration of life," 17 Oct. 2019 Protesters turned over metal barriers, set fire to trash cans and threw firecrackers and other objects at police. Joseph Wilson, SFChronicle.com, "Spanish government readies measures amid Catalonia violence," 16 Oct. 2019 The wooden handle of the awl has triangle and ladder motifs, common for other objects found from the same time period, according to the study. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Bronze Age warrior's belongings recovered from famous battlefield," 15 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Attorneys for the government have objected to the request to allow for his release. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Friend of Dayton, Ohio mass shooter expected to enter guilty plea deal on federal charges," 14 Nov. 2019 The White House had objected to the pipeline, urging European countries to diversify their energy supply and to reduce Russian economic interests in the region. Morten Buttler / Bloomberg, Time, "Trump Administration Hosting New Greenland Talks With Denmark, Focused on 'Presence' and 'Investments'," 13 Nov. 2019 After initially calling for a $2.5 million rate hike, the consortium of six remaining haulers has repeatedly objected to any rate decreases and asked for the pricing structure to remain the same from 2019, at least for six months. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Which neighborhoods voted for St. Paul organized trash, which didn’t — and what likely drove them," 10 Nov. 2019 The Allstate Insurance Company had objected to property taxes assessments for tax years 2004 to 2009, resulting in a $6 million settlement, according to the document. Anna Kim, chicagotribune.com, "FY20 budgets show salaries and benefits, capital improvements among the common increases across local school districts," 6 Nov. 2019 Prosecutors have objected, arguing that no information came from Deits but was obtained independently from other sources. oregonlive, "Former legal assistant: Jason Schaefer ‘just one of many’ defense clients she didn’t remember when she later worked on his prosecution," 1 Nov. 2019 More recently, Google workers have objected to the hiring of Miles Taylor, a former Department of Homeland Security official who defended the 2017 Muslim travel ban. Wired, "Warren Would Shut the Government-to-Tech ‘Revolving Door’," 29 Oct. 2019 Environmentalists have objected to extension of nuclear licenses or new plants due to concerns about climate change and environmental issues. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "FPL on the way to licensing Turkey Point nuclear plant for another 20 years," 29 Oct. 2019 Franco’s family had objected to moving his remains. BostonGlobe.com, "Spain exhumes dictator Franco’s remains from landmark monument - The Boston Globe," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But Democrats can’t really object, given their past positions. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Democrats should give Trump a win on this trade deal," 15 Sep. 2019 Other Apple products potentially on the way include a redesigned MacBook Pro with a 16-inch screen, and a new AR-friendly object tracker similar to Tile’s Bluetooth trackers. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Apple Is Set to Unveil New iPhones on Tuesday. Here's How and When to Watch," 9 Sep. 2019 Opponents object to local and state government actions as much as to Rockwool itself. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Insulation plant divides community in West Virginia," 9 June 2019 In theory, the tributaries would converge on a handful of top-layer neurons, which would represent sound or object categories. Quanta Magazine, "A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos," 4 Dec. 2014 But a key difference is that these are entirely in 3D and are deployed with a much smarter sense of spatial and object recognition, thanks to Google’s advances in artificial intelligence. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google has a big advantage over Facebook in a crisis," 10 Oct. 2018 In South Korea, where the government of President Moon Jae-in has been pushing for the détente between the United States and North Korea, officials did not object outright to Mr. Trump’s surprise announcement about military drills. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "Trump-Kim Summit Creates New Anxieties for Asian Allies," 13 June 2018 Annihilation’s great achievement is in exploring these themes through object embodiment, rather than in words. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Annihilation Is a Brilliant Splicing of Woolf With Cronenberg," 27 Feb. 2018 Fans will no doubt object to the change since the race - like everything else about Marlins baseball - is steeped in tradition, dating all the way back to 2012. Bud Shaw, cleveland.com, "Which trade deadline addition will make the biggest impact for the Cavs: Bud vs. Doug," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of object

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for object

Noun

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

Verb

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

Adjective

from attributive use of object entry 1

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17 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for object

The first known use of object was in the 14th century

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object

noun
How to pronounce object (audio) How to pronounce object (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of object

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a thing that you can see and touch and that is not alive
: someone or something that makes you feel a specified emotion
: someone or something that your attention or interest is directed toward

object

verb
How to pronounce object (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of object (Entry 2 of 2)

: to disagree with something or oppose something
: to say (something that explains why you oppose something or disagree)

object

noun
ob·​ject | \ ˈäb-jikt How to pronounce object (audio) \

Kids Definition of object

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that may be seen or felt Tables and chairs are objects.
2 : purpose, aim The object is to raise money.
3 : something that arouses feelings in an observer That diamond is the object of their envy.
4 : a noun or a term behaving like a noun that receives the action of a verb or completes the meaning of a preposition

object

verb
ob·​ject | \ əb-ˈjekt How to pronounce object (audio) \
objected; objecting

Kids Definition of object (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to offer or mention as a reason for a feeling of disapproval She objected that the price was too high.
2 : to oppose something firmly and usually with words Surely her mother would not object to a nutritious hard-boiled egg.— Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby

object

noun
ob·​ject | \ ˈäb-(ˌ)jekt, -jikt How to pronounce object (audio) \

Medical Definition of object

1 : something material that may be perceived by the senses
2 : something mental or physical toward which thought, feeling, or action is directed

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object

noun
ob·​ject | \ ˈäb-jikt How to pronounce object (audio) \

Legal Definition of object

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something toward which thought, feeling, or action is directed — see also natural object
2 : the purpose or goal of something especially, in the civil law of Louisiana : the purpose for which a contract or obligation is formed
ob·​ject | \ əb-ˈjekt How to pronounce object (audio) \

Legal Definition of object (Entry 2 of 2)

: to state in opposition or as an objection objected that the evidence was inadmissible

intransitive verb

: to state opposition especially to something in a judicial proceeding objected to the testimony on the ground that it was hearsay

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