project

noun
proj·​ect | \ ˈprä-ˌjekt How to pronounce project (audio) , -jikt also ˈprō- \

Definition of project

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a specific plan or design : scheme
2 obsolete : idea
3 : a planned undertaking: such as
a : a definitely formulated piece of research
b : a large usually government-supported undertaking
c : a task or problem engaged in usually by a group of students to supplement and apply classroom studies
4 : a usually public housing development consisting of houses or apartments built and arranged according to a single plan

project

verb
pro·​ject | \ prə-ˈjekt How to pronounce project (audio) \
projected; projecting; projects

Definition of project (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to devise in the mind : design
b : to plan, figure, or estimate for the future
2 : to throw or cast forward : thrust
3 : to put or set forth : present for consideration
4 : to cause to jut out
5 : to cause (light or shadow) to fall into space or (an image) to fall on a surface
6 : to reproduce (something, such as a point, line, or area) on a surface by motion in a prescribed direction
7 : to display outwardly especially to an audience
8 : to attribute (one's own ideas, feelings, or characteristics) to other people or to objects a nation is an entity on which one can project many of the worst of one's instinctsThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

intransitive verb

1 : to jut out : protrude
2a : to come across vividly : give an impression
b : to make oneself heard clearly

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Verb

projectable \ prə-​ˈjek-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce project (audio) \ adjective

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Noun

plan, design, plot, scheme, project mean a method devised for making or doing something or achieving an end. plan always implies mental formulation and sometimes graphic representation. plans for a house design often suggests a particular pattern and some degree of achieved order or harmony. a design for a new dress plot implies a laying out in clearly distinguished sections with attention to their relations and proportions. the plot of the play scheme stresses calculation of the end in view and may apply to a plan motivated by craftiness and self-interest. a scheme to defraud the government project often stresses imaginative scope and vision. a project to develop the waterfront

Examples of project in a Sentence

Noun an ambitious project to develop the city's waterfront Verb He projected next year's costs as being slightly higher than this year's. It's difficult to project funding needs so far into the future. an athlete who projects a positive image to young people We need an actor who projects a tough-guy image.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Homewood is bringing back a village employee who resigned last month after she was caught on a live microphone disparaging opponents of the redevelopment of a former golf course, a project since rejected by village officials. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, "Homewood brings back staffer who resigned after disparaging remarks caught on hot mic: ‘We need her’," 16 Apr. 2021 Created in 2006, the film tax program includes a 25 percent payroll credit for any project that spends more than $50,000 in-state. BostonGlobe.com, "‘Castle Rock,’ the Stephen King-inspired television series, received $14 million in state subsidies," 16 Apr. 2021 This NBC News project includes portraits of those who experienced the attack first-hand. NBC News, "8 dead in Indianapolis FedEx shooting: The Morning Rundown," 16 Apr. 2021 GeoGuessr is a website that was created as a hobby project in 2013 by Swedish IT consultant Anton Wallen. Will Backus, Wired, "People Are Playing a Guessing Game in Google Maps," 16 Apr. 2021 Now, Billboard wants to know: what was your favorite song or project to drop this week? Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Young Thug, Iann Dior, Bebe Rexha & More: What's Your Favorite New Music Release? Vote!," 16 Apr. 2021 Then, the folks at the arts center cobbled together all the materials and information necessary to pull off each project. David Lyman, The Enquirer, "Mutual Dance Theatre holds first shows, Fringe lineup TBA. Get your arts in a minute," 16 Apr. 2021 The fund is mainly used for public sewage treatment plants, but Valley Proteins’ project was awarded $12.787 million. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland environmental groups plan to sue Eastern Shore factory that’s set to receive millions in taxpayer funds," 16 Apr. 2021 Safer lighting: After nearly two years of installation work, Cleveland is nearing completion of a project to provide brighter street lights aimed at boosting neighborhood safety. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Rail advocates want Amtrak station moved back to Tower City: The Wake Up for Friday, April 16, 2021," 16 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The message discipline seems part of a conscious strategy to maintain a lower profile and project an image of calm as Biden and his team grapple with the pandemic and its economic fallout. Washington Post, "The Trump White House provided reporters with a gusher of leaks. With Biden, everything’s changed.," 6 Apr. 2021 The Bidens don’t project an image of worldliness like the Kennedys did, Hollywood glamour like the Reagans, or modernity like the Obamas. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Biden Blue Comes to the White House," 2 Feb. 2021 The paper describes not just the blue jet itself, but also a few of its friends—four smaller flashes at the top of the clouds that did not project out into the second layer of the atmosphere, known as the stratosphere. Popular Science, "Rare ‘blue jet’ lightning spotted and photographed from space," 26 Jan. 2021 Kamrynn Babb, Gee Scott and incoming freshmen Emeka Egbuka, Marvin Harrison Jr. and Jayden Ballard do not project to have an immediate opportunity now that literally all of last year’s receivers are returning. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "What Chris Olave’s NFL Draft decision means for Ohio State football: Buckeyes 2021," 19 Jan. 2021 And even if things seem grim now, don't project negativity on the future. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronaut Terry Virts shares an 'insider's guide' to life in space," 31 Dec. 2020 Though Lyles still does not project as an NBA star, his ability to fill a rebounding and floor-spreading role with the Spurs last season counted as a pleasant surprise. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Appendix lost, niche found: Trey Lyles’ reclamation tour hits Year 2 with Spurs," 7 Dec. 2020 Several major news outlets, including the Fox News Decision Desk, did not project a victory for Biden until Saturday. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Portland celebrates Biden win with illegal street racing, crowds outside ICE chanting 'come out and fight'," 8 Nov. 2020 Incumbency creates an authenticity bind: Incumbents cannot project both their offices and themselves simultaneously. Jo-ellen Pozner, The Conversation, "The clothes make the candidate: The sartorial politics of this year’s key Senate races," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of project

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for project

Noun

Middle English projecte, from Medieval Latin projectum, from Latin, neuter of projectus, past participle of proicere to throw forward, from pro- + jacere to throw — more at jet

Verb

Anglo-French projecter, from Latin projectus, past participle

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The first known use of project was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

19 Apr 2021

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“Project.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/project. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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project

noun

English Language Learners Definition of project

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a planned piece of work that has a specific purpose (such as to find information or to make something new) and that usually requires a lot of time
: a task or problem in school that requires careful work over a long period of time

project

verb

English Language Learners Definition of project (Entry 2 of 2)

: to plan, calculate, or estimate (something) for a time in the future
: to cause (light, a picture, a movie, etc.) to appear on a surface
: to have or show (a particular quality, image, etc., that can be seen by other people)

project

noun
proj·​ect | \ ˈprä-ˌjekt How to pronounce project (audio) , -jikt \

Kids Definition of project

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a plan or scheme to do something home improvement projects
2 : a task or problem in school that requires work over a period of time and is often displayed or presented a science project
3 : a group of houses or apartment buildings built according to a single plan

project

verb
pro·​ject | \ prə-ˈjekt How to pronounce project (audio) \
projected; projecting

Kids Definition of project (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to stick out The rock projected above the ground.
2 : to cause to fall on a surface The machine projects motion pictures on a screen.
3 : to send or throw forward

project

transitive verb
pro·​ject | \ prə-ˈjekt How to pronounce project (audio) \

Medical Definition of project

: to attribute or assign (something in one's own mind or a personal characteristic) to a person, group, or object the patient projected hostility onto the therapist

intransitive verb

: to connect by sending nerve fibers or processes cells of the lateral geniculate body project to the back part of the cerebral cortex

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