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

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

Ward is accused of killing his grandmother, 79-year-old Frances Battagler, in her Second Avenue home on Aug. 20 after an apparently violent attack involving a hard object, police have said. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Police: Enfield man charged with grandmother’s killing," 4 Sep. 2019 While working on the ISS, spacewalkers have accidentally dropped a variety of random objects, including a pair of pliers, a camera, a tool bag, and a spatula an astronaut was using to apply a repair adhesive for testing. Wired, "xkcd's Randall Munroe on How to Mail a Package (From Space)," 2 Sep. 2019 That object named Eris was the largest body found in the solar system in 150 years. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Alabama-born ‘Pluto killer’ back in battle over planet’s ‘demotion’," 2 Sep. 2019 The government said some protesters threw objects at police. Washington Post, "Protesters block roads near Hong Kong airport," 1 Sep. 2019 That’s made them an object of ridicule on the Internet and elsewhere, and the source of more than a few lawsuits. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brit to HOA: ‘The flag is absolutely not coming down’," 1 Sep. 2019 Primary qualities of an object, such as solidity and occupancy of space, exist independently of a perceiver. Anil K. Seth, Scientific American, "The Neuroscience of Reality," 27 Aug. 2019 The mummy’s accompanying funerary objects, including a small clay jar, pouches, maize, beans, grasses and coca, will be exhibited in the Bolivian city through November 2. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "500-Year-Old Inca Mummy Repatriated to Bolivia," 22 Aug. 2019 But viewers did point out that people may have to look out for flying objects. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Hidden Potential Star Jasmine Roth Built Adorable Cat Shelves for These Lucky Kitties," 12 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With no opposing counsel to object or cross-examine the witness, he was not interrupted, though the judge paused the hearing several times so the girl could compose herself. Bend Bulletin, oregonlive.com, "Oregon child abuse defendant removed from own trial during ugly scene; jury takes 8 minutes to convict," 28 Aug. 2019 Even Marco Rubio—hardly a vocal critic of the president—was moved to object to what had happened. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The New 'New Colossus'," 18 Aug. 2019 Progressives are right to object that profit-minded companies impose excessive form-filling requirements. Cass Sunstein, Twin Cities, "Cass Sunstein: It’s not cowardly to worry about Medicare for All," 11 Aug. 2019 This year, however, teachers took to social media to object to the proposal soon after it was announced in June and then packed into a school board meeting to voice their displeasure. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, "Votes on controversial Orange teacher contract to be counted Monday," 26 July 2019 Meanwhile, residents of the area are taking to the Nextdoor social networking service to object to the new plan. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "'Socialism' in Prospect? Residents angry over new affordable housing plan," 26 July 2019 The ex-quarterback was variously reported to have objected to the flag's link to a period of widespread slavery in the United States, or to its recent co-option as a symbol by white supremacist groups. Des Bieler, courant.com, "Kaepernick Nike ad garners Emmy nomination," 18 July 2019 At this stage, to not object to the president outright is to be complicit in his racist presidency. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump and His Deplorables," 15 July 2019 There’s nothing to object to in Taddeo’s adherence to Maggie’s point of view; the teacher’s mistakes are legion, and most of them are unforgivable. Lauren Oyler, The New Yorker, "Sex in the Mirror," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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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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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

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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