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object

noun ob·ject \ ˈäb-jikt , -(ˌ)jekt \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of object

1 a :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
2 a :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.
3 a :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
5 a :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)
6 a :a data structure in object-oriented programming that can contain functions (see 1function 7) as well as data, variables, and other data structures
b :a discrete entity (such as a window or icon) in computer graphics (see 2graphic 2b) that can be manipulated independently of other such entities

objectless

play \ˈäb-jikt-ləs, -(ˌ)jekt-\ adjective

objectlessness

noun

Examples of object in a Sentence

  1. There were three objects in the box: a comb, a pen, and a button.

  2. His object is to determine how much the business will cost to operate.

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Origin and Etymology of object

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

Synonym Discussion of object

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

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object

verb ob·ject \ əb-ˈjekt \

Definition of object

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

objector

play \əb-ˈjek-tər\ noun

Examples of object in a Sentence

  1. No one objected when the paintings were removed.

  2. “We can't buy the chair,” he objected. “It won't fit in the car.”

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Origin and Etymology of object

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


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object

adjective \ ˈäb-jikt , -(ˌ)jekt \

Definition of object

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

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First Known Use of object

1959



OBJECT Defined for English Language Learners

object

noun

Definition of object for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of object for English Language Learners

  • : to disagree with something or oppose something

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


OBJECT Defined for Kids

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object

noun ob·ject \ ˈäb-jikt \

Definition of object for Students

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

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object

verb ob·ject \ əb-ˈjekt \

Definition of object for Students

objected; objecting
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

Synonym Discussion of object

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.

Medical Dictionary

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

Law Dictionary

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object

noun ob·ject \ ˈäb-jikt \

legal Definition of object

1 :something toward which thought, feeling, or action is directed — see also natural object
2 :the purpose or goal of something; especiallyin the civil law of Louisiana :the purpose for which a contract or obligation is formed

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object

transitive verb ob·ject \ əb-ˈjekt \

legal Definition of object

: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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