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

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 Astonishingly, along those sides, an object the size of the Earth would look miniscule. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, "Could We Build a Dyson Sphere?," 30 Oct. 2020 The adviser warns that if the inheritor of such a piece later decides to sell it, auction houses and galleries typically include an object’s provenance—a list of its owners over time. Daniel Grant, WSJ, "Financial Questions Every Art Collector Should Ask (but Often Doesn’t)," 19 Oct. 2020 An unstoppable force, Alabama’s offense, met an immovable object, Georgia’s defense, on Saturday night. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Instant analysis: Alabama path to playoff clearing after beating Georgia, 41-24," 18 Oct. 2020 The work comments on both the ideal of symmetrical female beauty and the terror of being turned into a mere object, one on which cultural wars might be played out. New York Times, "The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II," 15 Oct. 2020 Joe’s latest object of desire — and a delicious twist. Washington Post, "11 TV shows to watch if you can’t take another debate or confirmation hearing," 14 Oct. 2020 Loosening this mess with a power washer is easiest, but any long, slender object will work. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Our Favorite Projects for Hunting Camp," 8 Oct. 2020 Research by Genzel, who shared the physics prize with UCLA professor Andrea Ghez, demonstrated the presence of an enormously dense object — a black hole — at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Cal biochemist wins Nobel Prize for advance in DNA editing," 7 Oct. 2020 The other two, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez (pictured above), conducted foundational work showing that a whopper of an invisible object (thought to be a supermassive black hole) lurks in the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Alexander Heinl, National Geographic, "What it takes to win a Nobel Prize," 7 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here's a revenue-raising suggestion many of you will object to: a 5% tax on those who work from home. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "As COVID cases spike, all eyes are on this streaming giant," 13 Nov. 2020 Lawmakers can object to the returns of a particular state; though it has been twice attempted, an objection has never been accepted. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: We don’t yet know who won. Now what?," 4 Nov. 2020 Strategic discrimination occurs when a party leader, donor or primary voter worries that others will object to a candidate’s identity. Regina Bateson, The Conversation, "How ‘strategic’ bias keeps Americans from voting for women and candidates of color," 29 Oct. 2020 The case, which focuses on LGBTQ couples fostering and adopting children from a Catholic agency, will be a key case in determining whether organizations can object to working with LGBTQ people on moral or religious grounds. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Most Americans believe LGBTQ people are legally protected from discrimination. They're not.," 29 Oct. 2020 There are people who contend that anti-Trump conservatives object merely to superficial things about the man: his Queens accent, for example. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Vote Your Conscience," 28 Oct. 2020 Mark Mazur, the Tax Policy Center’s director, said in a call with reporters that assumption was shared with the Biden campaign and the campaign didn’t object to the change. Laura Davison, Bloomberg.com, "Biden’s Tax Plan Would Raise Just $2.4 Trillion, Report Says," 15 Oct. 2020 Darren Phan, who manages a sales team at Criteria, an HR software company that uses Gong, says in his experience few people object to being monitored. Will Knight, Wired, "Sales Calls Have Gone Virtual, and AI Is Listening In," 9 Oct. 2020 In fact, dazzling Mars is easily the brightest starlike object to light up the evening sky. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "One of the Best Weeks of 2020 for MN? Tropical Storm Delta Develops," 5 Oct. 2020 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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The first known use of object was in the 14th century

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16 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Object.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/object. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for object

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

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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
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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