project

noun
proj·ect | \ˈprä-ˌjekt, -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 \
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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Other Words from project

Verb

projectable \prə-ˈjek-tə-bəl \ 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

Raber, along with The Center’s executive director Dave Sanders, are overseeing the project, with equipment and labor donations coming from within the fellowship as well as across the country. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "The Center's new commercial-grade kitchen to honor Homer Glen man who battled heroin addiction," 14 July 2018 To support this project, the clubs host their annual High Tea. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Ginny Brown is leading North San Diego Soroptimists," 13 July 2018 This project is a more complicated proposition than an assembly-line robot and is, it must be said, behind schedule. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 The challenge now is to find ways to resist royalist escapism and instead to recommit to the radical majesty of the egalitarian project, re-enchanting the everyday. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 Just to clarify--this project has been funded entirely by private funds. Katy Bergen, kansascity, "Public art or defaced flag? KU art series draws ire from governor, other politicians," 11 July 2018 This project is funded equally by a Community Development Block Grant and a Together Treasure Valley grant, a community partnership between the Idaho Statesman and area businesses. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Vista Avenue is getting new public art sculptures. You can provide feedback on the designs.," 11 July 2018 To read other stories in this joint project, please click here. Eam Asaduzzaman And Shababa Iqbal, The Christian Science Monitor, "School in Bangladesh builds confidence for autistic students – and their parents," 10 July 2018 While some people may be sad to see Adiamos go, almost everyone is excited about the $200 million of annual economic activity this project will bring to businesses in our downtown and beyond. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "Andiamo CEO fires back after Royal Oak mayor pans food," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pre-release tracking shows Hotel Transylvania 3 debuting in the $38 million-$45 million range, while Skyscraper is projected to gross $33 million-$40 million. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box-Office Preview: 'Hotel Transylvania 3' Could Topple Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper'," 12 July 2018 The Bulls also have a history of doing right by players who aren’t projected to play. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls Q&A: Should Wendell Carter Jr. enter Hall of Fame this week or next? What's the starting lineup?," 12 July 2018 Catonsville, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Towson and Sparrows Point are among the high schools that are projected to be over capacity by 110 percent. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Possible fixes for Baltimore County high school overcrowding include new construction, 'aggressively' using space," 11 July 2018 Stoltenberg, for his part, has credited Trump for spurring NATO nations to spend more on defense, noting that the Europeans and Canada are projected to spend around $266 billion more by 2024. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, Fox News, "Trump claims Germany 'controlled' by Russia," 11 July 2018 This year, the mission has broadened to eight Title 1 schools with more than 4,000 students and is projected to expand even further in 2019. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Compassion Katy reaches out to disadvantaged Katy ISD students," 11 July 2018 The Florida native was projected to receive more playing time in 2018, but instead will not be part of the team. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Alabama Freshman Linebacker VanDarius Cowan Dismissed From Team After Bar Fight, Arrest," 9 July 2018 At the meeting, Barton told the City Council that the budget was projected to stay balanced for the next five years without a need to cut services or increase taxes. Philip Athey, azcentral, "Did Phoenix leaders raise property taxes and lie about it?," 9 July 2018 That said, the amplification issues this year were even more distracting than last year; the amplification was so overdone that the slightest puff of wind was projected. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This 'King Lear' more humdrum than tragic," 6 July 2018

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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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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, -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 \
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 \

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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