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 project is expected to cost about $8 million and be completed next January, according to Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Road construction project on East Side artery to begin Tuesday, will disrupt traffic for a year," 8 Jan. 2020 The Governor's Office did not immediately respond to questions regarding whether Ducey was still weighing state funding possibilities in the event federal officials deny the project again. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "After fatal flood, Ducey asks federal government for Tonto Creek bridge funding," 8 Jan. 2020 The project would create more than 40 permanent jobs and about 1,000 temporary construction positions. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Nearly $1B Gulf Coast Ammonia plant in Texas City to begin construction," 8 Jan. 2020 Youth sports coaches praised the extensive sports complex and playing fields that the project would include. J.k. Dineen,, "Bay Area’s largest planned housing project could die due to union fight," 8 Jan. 2020 It’s more of a regional assessment that Congress authorized us to utilize to justify the project. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Army Corps of Engineers expands plan for Nome port," 8 Jan. 2020 An adaptation of the popular horror comic by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez has been in the works for years; Hulu ordered a pilot but never actually greenlit it, allowing the project to be picked up by Netflix in 2018. Christian Holub,, "Netflix's first Locke & Key trailer welcomes you to Keyhouse," 8 Jan. 2020 The project would expand I-43 to three lanes in each direction between Silver Spring Drive in Glendale and Highway 60 in Grafton. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DOT plans to expand I-43 to three lanes in each direction between Glendale and Grafton," 8 Jan. 2020 First production from the find is expected within three years, although investors are concerned that the project could be delayed by negotiations with the Mexican government over the joint development of an adjacent field owned... Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "U.S. Oil Company Confirms Big Find in Mexico," 7 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, he’s projected to transition to outside linebacker, likely in Alabama’s Jack hybrid position that often rushes the passer. Josh Bean |, al, "5-star Alabama signee Chris Braswell confident about playing LB," 6 Jan. 2020 In this upcoming challenge, we are projected to finish third by the media in a prolonged battle that lasts nine weeks, competing against 11 other teams, spanning 18 games, and with at least 720 minutes of game action. Mikayla Pivec | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Mikayla Pivec’s Oregon State women’s basketball diary: 12-0 but far from perfect, Christmas parties, reflecting on the passing of Chad Finn," 3 Jan. 2020 He is projected anywhere from the second to fifth rounds. Eric Olson, The Denver Post, "Heisman Trophy 2019: Breaking down the four finalists," 11 Dec. 2019 He is projected anywhere from the second to fifth rounds. Eric Olson,, "Heisman Trophy candidate profiles: Joe Burrow, Justin Fields, Jalen Hurts, Chase Young," 11 Dec. 2019 It’s also aimed at making the new system financially sustainable in the long-term, since it is projected to run a deficit in coming years. Washington Post, "France’s pension overhaul: a look at the planned changes," 11 Dec. 2019 He was projected to make $2.2 million in arbitration, so the Brewers saved $450,000 by non-tendering him and doing a lesser deal, further indication of how tight their budget is for the 2020 season. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reliever Alex Claudio returns to Brewers; infielder Ronny Rodríguez claimed from Detroit," 9 Dec. 2019 It is projected to fall by even more over the next 20. The Economist, "Free exchange Japan’s economic troubles offer a glimpse of a sobering future," 5 Dec. 2019 He is projected to make $11 million in arbitration next season before entering free agency. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Jackie Bradley Jr. trade speculation with Red Sox includes Diamondbacks, Cubs, Mets," 4 Dec. 2019

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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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11 Jan 2020

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“Project.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 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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