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 project (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nine Perfect Strangers will direct the sequel, and is working with production executive Gillian Bohrer, who had a hand in Twilight, on the project. Amy Mackelden And Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 May 2022 That's according to a Wednesday announcement from officials including Gov. Tony Evers, who plans to invest $5 million, provided through federal American Rescue Plan Act fund, on the project. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2022 Workshops and a virtual public meeting have been held to gather public feedback on the project. David Dekunder, San Antonio Express-News, 10 May 2022 Paramount Pictures will handle theatrical distribution, home entertainment and television licensing rights on the project, with Paramount Plus acquiring streaming rights. Jem Aswad, Variety, 9 May 2022 The Tribune and the BGA joined forces on the project in November 2019. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2022 By last year, work on the project was well underway. New York Times, 6 May 2022 Commissioners in June will likely approve the preliminary plans and put out a request for developers to submit bids on the project. Martin E. Comas, Orlando Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Thirty-plus years after work on the project started, GNU Hurd has yet to be released as a working operating system for public use. PCMAG, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With scenario planning supported by experienced economists, business leaders create more flexible business performance models that project business outcomes under different macroeconomic scenarios. Rich Wagner, Forbes, 4 May 2022 In that regard, credit is due to the filmmakers for avoiding the pitfalls of countless dog-centric Hollywood movies that project human-like traits onto canines. Tomris Laffly, Variety, 3 Nov. 2021 The Disney Enchantment show will include music, enhanced lighting, fireworks, and more, plus immersive effects that will project from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom park. Skyler Caruso,, 30 Sep. 2021 There are five other teams that project to be strong national championship contenders as of today, according to their futures odds. Christopher Smith, al, 6 Sep. 2021 But the exact degree of this suppressing effect varied between computer models that project the storm’s path, affecting the forecast. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 The company is also working on a smart wristband and VR goggles that project the wearer’s eyes. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 John Hollinger, a former Memphis Grizzlies front-office executive now writing for The Athletic, has free agent value metrics that project that Niang is worth about $6.8 million per season. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 July 2021 There are a few different scenarios that could happen for Duarte, but there’s one common team that most media outlets project the scoring guard going to. oregonlive, 27 July 2021 See More

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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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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


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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