project

noun
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

project

verb
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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Other Words from project

Verb

projectable \ prə-​ˈjek-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce projectable (audio) \ 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 On top of it all, a fraught project at work blew up. Star Tribune, "When cancer hijacked a new mother's happily ever after, she planned a death as unconventional as her life. A year later, her husband is the father he never expected to be, carrying on her legacy.," 11 Oct. 2020 Introduced at the beginning of the annual celebration in mid-September, the project spotlights the fast-rising Latin artists and podcast creators spearheading those spaces as well as the icons who paved the way before them. John Ochoa, Billboard, "Spotify Celebrates The Diverse Sounds and Creators of Latin Culture With 'Lo Nuestro es Arte’ Campaign for Latinx Heritage Month 2020," 9 Oct. 2020 The project was developed and funded by Operation Playground Foundation, which funds park projects that are not in the Park District’s capital budget. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Community news: Pets get blessed in Evergreen Park; new pickleball courts in Frankfort," 9 Oct. 2020 Approximately 250 to 300 people could cycle through the two-year pilot project program per year. NBC news, "Homeless and facing winter in Minneapolis," 9 Oct. 2020 The next day, during a dedication speech of a county airport improvement project, the governor talked about his prison experience, according to an account in the local newspaper, the Ironwood Daily Globe. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Plot on Gretchen Whitmer's life not the first against a Michigan governor," 9 Oct. 2020 The sensors were part of a citizen science project called the Community Seismic Network and were placed in computer closets at Los Angeles County schools across the region. Eric Niiler, Wired, "The Most Sway-Prone Buildings in LA Aren’t Where You Expect," 9 Oct. 2020 Still, the November presidential election could infuse fresh uncertainty surrounding the project. Rachel Adams-heard, Bloomberg.com, "Pipeline Mogul Follows Playbook, Stepping Down But Staying," 9 Oct. 2020 More than 75 high-income countries have committed money to the project. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for October 9: Kidnapping plot, Covid-19, Trump, stimulus, Hong Kong," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some early mock drafts have Holland as a first-round pick, while others project him in the second or third round. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks defensive back Jevon Holland opts out, declares for NFL Draft," 26 Sep. 2020 It’s one of those story structures that’s so pervasive, people harbor and project it onto the arc of a faint career well in advance. Longreads, "Whatever Happened to ______ ?," 10 Aug. 2020 As recently as the 1990s and early 2000s, video game protagonists were designed to be silent and strong, blank slates upon which players could project themselves. Matt Craig, Washington Post, "As the world changes, so will the voice of the hero. Where does that leave Nolan North?," 4 Aug. 2020 Each had a rounded head and, van Leeuwenhoek thought, a tail that moved side to side to project it through fluid. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Discover How Human Sperm Really Swim," 31 July 2020 Meanwhile, Trump tried to project a sense of progress through his executive order, which encourages better police practices as Republicans and Democrats remain in a standoff. Kevin Freking, The Denver Post, "Trump increasingly turning to executive orders, more to come," 7 July 2020 Far from contrived, the selfies project effortless sensuality. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna on Working From Home, Dressing for Zoom, and Savage x Fenty’s Epic New Show," 30 Sep. 2020 With school and college choirs out of business for the time being, maybe the orchestra could borrow some reflective shells to help project sounds of winds and brasses. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Fort Worth Symphony opens its 2020-2021 season with reduced numbers, in a different venue," 19 Sep. 2020 Deputy Finance Minister Gabriel Yorio told Bloomberg News in an interview last week that the tax settlements were helping the government project a slight primary surplus this year. Michael O'boyle, Bloomberg.com, "Top Lawyer Group Says Mexico Tax Crackdown Is Going Too Far," 18 Sep. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'project.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of project was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Project.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/project. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for project

project

noun
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

project

verb
How to pronounce project (audio)

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 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

project

verb
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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