object

noun
ob·​ject | \ˈäb-jikt, -(ˌ)jekt \

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 \
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, -(ˌ)jekt \

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

Verb

objector \əb-​ˈjek-​tər \ noun

Synonyms for object

Synonyms: Noun

thing

Synonyms: Verb

demur, except, expostulate, kick, protest, remonstrate

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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

What's in the Box Challenge Grab a bunch of objects around the house and put them in a box one by one. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018 On one table are Depression-era objects from Rabbithole Springs, including bottle glass and pencil stubs. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 Also on view are works from the L.A. County Museum of Art’s permanent collection: the Mexico photographs of Mariana Yampolsky and objects from the museum’s holdings of ancient Egyptian art. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Firefighters were called to the park shortly before 7:15 p.m. after the vicitm bitten by a gator while retrieving an object from the water, Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Ashley Gipson said. Jason Kelly, ajc, "Man stunned as alligator sneaks up, bites his leg in neighborhood park pond," 12 July 2018 Its opinion did not lay out a timetable for when the report could be released, but said Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office did not object to a short-term stay. Philly.com, "Pa. Supreme Court explains why it blocked release of clergy sex-abuse report, citing challenges from 'many' people," 25 June 2018 View objects and collections from the 18th- to the early 20th–centuries and learn about historic Connecticut and the role the Phelps-Hatheway house played in the Suffield community. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 12 June 2018 Later, Suchard uses Kendall Jenner as a volunteer, and instructs to small place objects from a jair into her hand. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Kanye West Smiling At A Mentalist At His Birthday Is The Happy Content We Need," 10 June 2018 If cost is, in fact, an object, Adelman notes that Artis is offering holiday gift sets at a range of price points, and the original Elite Oval 7 Brush is still available for $62, which seemed pretty expensive until a few minutes ago. Marci Robin, Allure, "We Talked to Artis About Those $25,000 Diamond-Encrusted Makeup Brushes It Just Launched," 12 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sztraicher on Wednesday ordered reporters to stop filming and photographing when an attorney for Ramon Escobar objected. Christopher Weber, Fox News, "Judge reverses order barring court photos of murder suspect," 27 Sep. 2018 However, that status was then withdrawn when the United Kingdom objected. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Ecuador wanted to make Julian Assange a diplomat and send him to Moscow," 22 Sep. 2018 In mid-May, the largest Swedish university library consortium dropped its contract with Elsevier, objecting to the price of database access. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 Many Sherman Heights residents were opposed to the new center, objecting to its location next to a school and arguing that their neighborhood already had more than its share of homeless services. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Chargers headquarters, closed library eyed as possible sites for homeless property storage," 10 July 2018 With its rhetoric Saturday, the regime tried to drive that home, objecting to Pompeo’s demand that denuclearization be complete and verifiable — even though that has been the administration’s ostensible objective all along. NBC News, "North Korea shatters Trump's boastful assurances of an easy path to denuclearization," 7 July 2018 The companies agreed to a final sale price of $289 million after the Weinstein Co.’s unsecured creditors objected to the company lowering its price from $310 million to $287 million. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Weinstein Co. Agrees to Deal With Unsecured Creditors, Setting Up Sale to Lantern Capital," 6 July 2018 Previous attempts to build a north-south metro line were met with resistance, as locals objected to the potential damage posed by tunneling through Amsterdam’s historic city center. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "New Website Unearths Amsterdam’s History Via 700,000 Artifacts Spanning 5,000 Years," 2 July 2018 Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom vetoed the legislation Tuesday, objecting to a separate provision that requires the city attorney to obtain council approval before filing a lawsuit. Stephen Deere, ajc, "Atlanta’s legal bills related to corruption probe top $7.5M, AJC finds," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 But Democrats — who are typically fiercely opposed to any reductions in Medicare, which would see roughly $25 billion in cuts per year — did not object Thursday. Author: Mike Debonis, Erica Werner, Anchorage Daily News, "Congress averts partial government shutdown with Senate passage of stopgap spending bill," 22 Dec. 2017 Hence, the New Yorker’s dilemma: resign yourself to living with an unsightly object year-round or go to the trouble of removing it? Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "The Window Air-Conditioner: Should It Stay or Go?," 3 Nov. 2017 Princeton Lightwave's technology will help Argo move forward in handling object detection in challenging scenarios, such as fog, heavy rain and snow and safely operating at high speeds. Greg Gardner, Detroit Free Press, "Ford partner Argo AI buys Princeton Lightwave to expand autonomous tools," 27 Oct. 2017 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, didn’t even object to Senator Orrin Hatch’s suggestion that Hill had copied one of her stories about Clarence Thomas from The Exorcist. Rebecca Traister, The Cut, "The Conversation We Should Be Having," 19 Oct. 2017

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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, from Medieval Latin objectum, from Latin, neuter of objectus, past participle of obicere to throw in the way, present, hinder, from ob- in the way + jacere to throw — more at ob-, jet

Verb

Middle English, from Latin objectus, past participle of obicere to throw in the way, object

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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 \

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 \
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 \

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 \

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 \

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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