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


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

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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 Terraces of Lafayette After years of lawsuits and neighborhood activism that turned a quiet East Bay suburb into a symbol of the regional housing war, the project that started it all is back. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Wildfire smoke + COVID-19: A dangerous combination," 31 July 2020 The project will be next to the Federal Hill Commons, a popular park and amphitheater at Ind. 19 and Ind. 32. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Noblesville approves $14M for apartments and retail at Federal Hill Commons," 31 July 2020 Work on the site began in June and Stephen Howle of Crescent Construction and Development said this week that the project is on track to open in spring 2021. al, "Mobile’s Nova Espresso plans to open Midtown market," 31 July 2020 The project is about creating outdoor rooms for all kind of activities and interactions. oregonlive, "This Portland garden offers family space to connect and escape," 31 July 2020 Porritt said when the project is complete, Brightline would operate 18 trains each way daily, with service every hour, plus every half hour during peak times. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "High-speed rail coming down the track: America's newest, fastest trains, from Acela to Brightline," 30 July 2020 The almost $34 million project would be ready by next summer. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Another big warehouse is in the works south of Interstate 20," 30 July 2020 At first, Hutchins demurred, contending that the project would be too difficult to organize. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "How Can the Press Best Serve a Democratic Society?," 11 July 2020 The project was the construction of a new Brecksville police station. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Brecksville Councilman Jack Petsche sues city to hold onto his council seat," 10 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb About half of the decline is blamed on global warming, and scientists project that unchecked climate change could nearly triple flow reductions by the century's end. Judy Fahys, The Arizona Republic, "How a tiny fish and its 'alien abductions' help frame the future of Colorado River," 12 July 2020 In Arizona and California, the forecasts project about 1,500 new patients each day in the next two weeks. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "'It's been an exponential increase.' Hospitals prepare for another surge as Covid-19 cases climb," 2 July 2020 Most people project him as a defensive back in college. Ben Thomas |, al, "Auburn, Alabama still in the race for American Christian DB Kamari Lassiter," 1 July 2020 As a result, those under distress tend to deny their own aggressiveness and destructive impulses and project them onto others. Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific American, "Unraveling the Mindset of Victimhood," 29 June 2020 Climate scientists, on the other hand, run global climate models to project the impacts of climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Using past data to predict whether 2020 will be the warmest on record," 19 June 2020 Much of the backfield attention went to Najee Harris’ return but Sanders had the hype and confidence to project a Heisman Trophy as a true freshman on National Signing Day. Michael Casagrande |, al, "What you need to know about Alabama football as preseason ramps up," 13 July 2020 The difference is too small to project a winner, said Ipsos, the market research firm that conducted the poll. WSJ, "Poland’s Presidential Election Remains Too Close to Call," 13 July 2020 One theory making the rounds as the term drew to a close was that Roberts, and perhaps several of his colleagues, wanted to project unity and calm during a pandemic and a presidential election year. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court's mix of liberal, conservative rulings shows influence of a powerful chief justice," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of project


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for project


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


Anglo-French projecter, from Latin projectus, past participle

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“Project.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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)


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


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
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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