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

And Wiles said a way to scale his business up was looking unlikely after a federal decision to work with another company on larger projects. Gal Tziperman Lotan, baltimoresun.com, "Portal's shutdown puts farmers market trips in jeopardy for SNAP recipients," 14 July 2018 Summer is the perfect time to work on a big project. Christine Paik, Pomerado News, "Tips to avoid summer 'brain drain'," 12 July 2018 Improvements were made to the park equipment as part of the project. The Aegis, "Pavilion installed at Shamrock Park, equipment improved," 13 July 2018 The first phase of the project will have a storage capacity of 1 million barrels for fuels including gasoline and diesel. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "California-based energy company building $150 million Mexico fuels terminal," 13 July 2018 Individual city councils or village boards then voted later to approve their portion of the project. Gregory Tejeda, Daily Southtown, "Oak Forest to spend $20K more on sidewalk repairs this summer," 13 July 2018 Officials will hold a public information session on July 18 at 7 p.m. at Plymouth South Middle School to present an overview of the project and to answer questions. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "Plymouth to increase water supply with new well," 12 July 2018 One part of the project involves asking people who undergo these transitions — mostly older adults — about their experiences: what went well, what didn’t. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "A Hospital’s Human Touch: Why Taking Care In Discharging A Patient Matters," 12 July 2018 The additional rooms already appear to be helping boost revenue for the project, though all six Maryland casinos posted year-over-year increases totaling 14.1 percent, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "The Live Hotel, attached to the Live Casino, marks its grand opening," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Each team receives a two-page preview, breaking down every position on the team, projected starting lineups, the upcoming schedule, a year-by-year statistical breakdown and a look at the past five season’s worth of statistical records. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "A guide to top college football preview magazines," 13 July 2018 By the end of this year, the number of U.S. single-family homes with solar is expected to hit 2 million, which is a doubling from 2016 and half the 4 million projected by 2023, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Burning for Tesla Powerwall? Get ready to wait as Musk's solar vision takes a backseat to Model 3," 13 July 2018 The $50 billion projected for the back half of 2018 would exceed that busy period in early 2017. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Report: Oil and gas M&A to surge in late 2018," 10 July 2018 Then these dark-green fragments are put through misery, plunged into tanks mimicking the hotter, more acidic waters projected to one day overtake the tropical region. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Racing to save Florida’s coral from climate change, scientists turn to a once-unthinkable strategy: ‘assisted evolution’," 9 July 2018 BusinessCovered California premiums projected to rise 11 percent in 2019 The couple’s situation reflects the confusion that many people experienced signing up for coverage through the health exchanges, particularly in the chaotic early days. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Affordable Care Act’s unexpected side effect: an IOU to the IRS," 8 July 2018 The latest survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found Americans to be a bit more confident than in years past, with nearly two in three respondents projecting their money will last throughout retirement. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Reality check: Social Security will survive, but will it be enough?," 8 July 2018 Information relevant to the flight at any particular time is presented on touchscreens in the cockpit and as images projected within the pilot’s helmet. The Economist, "Tomorrow’s squadron leaders will be accompanied by drones," 5 July 2018 Baltimore County Public Schools is continuing its series of public input meetings about how to address a shortfall of about 1,700 seats in area high schools projected over the next decade. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "BCPS continues public input sessions to address high school overcrowding," 3 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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