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 object (audio) , -​(ˌ)jekt-​ \ adjective
objectlessness noun

Verb

objector \ əb-​ˈjek-​tər How to pronounce object (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

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 At the time, the object of the AT&T Center crowd’s affection — rookie guard Josh Primo — still was seated on the second row of an overcrowded bench and had yet to remove his warmup jacket. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Oct. 2021 Sometimes people bring a photo or other object associated with the deceased person. Helen A. Berger, The Conversation, 20 Oct. 2021 They then could be seen putting the object into the bag and handing it over to the law enforcement officer shortly thereafter, who later took it from them. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 20 Oct. 2021 The last object is C02 turned to stone; nothing else has been added other than calcium. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 The consortium’s MLPerf benchmark measures AI workloads like image classification, natural language processing and object detection. Dave Altavilla, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Cora pointed out the object to the umpires and to the Astros. Matt Young, Chron, 20 Oct. 2021 As for Tati Gabrielle who played artist/librarian and Joe's season 3 object of obsession, Marienne, things are less conclusive. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, 19 Oct. 2021 The jug may be the oldest object played for in college football. Scott Horner, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Vaccine mandates are an issue many workforces are having to grapple with currently, as supporters of vaccine mandates argue for the public health necessity of mass vaccination, while opponents object to them as a violation of personal freedom. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 19 Oct. 2021 If regulators don’t object, the funds are considered cleared for trading. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, 16 Oct. 2021 And the problem is that this approach means not a single Republican may object. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, 7 Oct. 2021 But Democrats say that Republicans cannot be trusted to get an agreement on this issue, since any single senator can object to draw out the process. Manu Raju And Lauren Fox, CNN, 5 Oct. 2021 When a few of the players object, their massive debts are revealed to the group. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 No one at the board meeting argued against sports wagering, though people there often object to horse racing in general. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 That’s part of what the haters object to: the show-offy way Kenny G puts himself out front, as if sax players should remain invisible, patiently waiting for their solo to shine. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 Sep. 2021 While the northern half of the line presents countless technical hurdles, the southern half passes through Napa and Sonoma wine country and Marin County, communities that would doubtlessly object to unit trains hauling coal passing through. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One of these, game playing, combines social, locomotive and object play. Caitlin O'connell, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2021 But just shooting an object head-on without any movement is very dull. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 1 July 2021 But Democrats can’t really object, given their past positions. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, 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, 9 Sep. 2019 Opponents object to local and state government actions as much as to Rockwool itself. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 13 June 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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The first known use of object was in the 14th century

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“Object.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/object. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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object

noun

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

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, Age 8

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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.

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

object

transitive verb
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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