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
ob·​ject | \ 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

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.”
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sensors behind the object detect the neutrons, producing an image that reveals their inner structure. WIRED, 27 Sep. 2022 The $325 million mission was the first attempt to shift the position of an asteroid or any other natural object in space. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Sep. 2022 Attempting to define this unique, curvilinear object is a tautological exercise. Liz Raiss, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2022 The $325 million mission was the first attempt to shift the position of an asteroid or any other natural object in space. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 27 Sep. 2022 Calculating the object’s volume is much easier than using standard methods for computing the amplitudes, which laboriously reconstruct all the ways a particle collision might play out, moment by moment. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 26 Sep. 2022 The victory has made Ms. Meloni, 45, the object of widespread international perplexity and even abuse. Nicola Rossi, WSJ, 26 Sep. 2022 Exactly nobody, until the skies are riddled with speeding debris sliding and shooting off the looming object. Elise Hammond, CNN, 26 Sep. 2022 And what happens if one country mounts an asteroid-deflection test and accidentally nudges the object toward another part of the planet, rather than the infinite expanse of space? Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 26 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a separate filing to the court, the former president's lawyers also object to the Justice Department's two special master candidates, Jones and Griffith. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 22 Sep. 2022 But activists object to the fact that as a merchant, Faneuil was heavily involved in the Atlantic slave trade. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 12 Aug. 2022 Some people object to the smoke, which can worsen respiratory conditions like asthma. Wired, 21 July 2022 More than 145 Republican lawmakers voted to object to one or both submissions. Jacqueline Alemany, Emma Brown And Amy Gardner, Anchorage Daily News, 24 June 2022 Defense attorneys said Lauderdale County District Chris Connolly and Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry did not object to the request. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 13 Sep. 2022 The ex-president's defense team on Friday did not object to the warrant's release. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 12 Aug. 2022 More than 145 Republican lawmakers voted to object to one or both submissions. Jacqueline Alemany, Emma Brown And Amy Gardner, Anchorage Daily News, 24 June 2022 More than 145 Republican lawmakers voted to object to one or both submissions. Amy Gardner, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But just shooting an object head-on without any movement is very dull. Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2022 But just shooting an object head-on without any movement is very dull. Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2022 But just shooting an object head-on without any movement is very dull. Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2022 The case raises the important question of whether the testimony and result will serve as object lessons for investors confronted with cheery promises in the future. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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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
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

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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