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 The lifting of such a massive structure has few precedents in the Bay Area, said John Leventini, Bigge Crane & Riggin Co. project manager. Roland Li,, "Sea-level rise means a 2,250-ton building lift at SF’s Pier 70," 9 July 2020 Aaron Glickman is a project manager in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Cathy Zhang, STAT, "Learning from Taiwan about responding to Covid-19 — and using electronic health records," 30 June 2020 Police Bureau brass also realized that a former commander, who was a project manager for its Central City Concern contract, had retired and was never replaced, providing a gap in any oversight. oregonlive, "Whistleblower reveals serious injuries, lax oversight at Central City Concern’s Sobering Station," 27 June 2020 One of the two, Jeremy, was a superintendent in the company and has now been promoted to senior project manager. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Humble man accused of filing fraudulent timesheets agrees to repay Cypress business $300,000 in plea deal," 26 June 2020 The park will feature 10 boat launches, a 1,400-foot boardwalk and concrete parking areas, Keith Strickland, project manager with Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, said. William Thornton |, al, "Lincoln begins work on $6 million, 38-acre fishing park," 25 June 2020 Alex Fuller, a project manager for Love's, said at the meeting that the company considered several sites along Loop 303. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, "Glendale paves way for Love's truck stop off Loop 303, despite opposition," 24 June 2020 While working as a project manager for a healthcare company, Minor launched Hint of Soul as a side business in November 2018, earning some of her first customers through a friend who was a dancer for the Phoenix Mercury. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "'I've been blessed': How a Phoenix chef went from jobless to instant soul food success," 23 June 2020 Each project manager took a line and worked in their own experience through brush strokes and punchy colors., "Behind the Black Lives Matter mural: Artists' speak to equality, family and hope," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Where airfares will go in the next few months is difficult to project. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "COVID-19 has blown up air travel for nearly four months. The next four could shape it even more.," 5 July 2020 Starting today, fleets of skytypers will be flying across the United States to project messages over hidden immigrant detention camps, immigration courts, and former Japanese internment camps. Anne Quito, Quartz, "For Independence Day, skytypers will expose immigrant jails across the US," 3 July 2020 According to a departmental memo obtained by IndyStar, Indiana’s athletic department will need to implement measures to save approximately 10% on expenses that would otherwise project to $118,915,508 for the coming fiscal year. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "IU expects near $12 million shortfall, believes it can cover without cutting sports," 26 June 2020 However, over the years fans have expressed their disappointment in the author for her social media posts that sometimes project the opposite message. Saba Hamedy, CNN, "Daniel Radcliffe responds to J.K. Rowling's tweets about gender identity," 8 June 2020 The Suns have 11 players under contract, will have a lottery pick and are one of a handful of teams that project to have $20 million of cap space this summer. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' James Jones gets no love in grades of NBA general managers," 3 June 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 3 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce project (audio)

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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