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

Longtime friends Hutchinson and Lishchynsky bring Boston and New York fine-dining experience to the new project, and share a common interest in contemporary Italian cuisine. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "New Haven's Caseus To Close July 21; New Concept Planned For September," 13 July 2018 Weichel, who was named to THR's Next Gen list in 2017, has also served as an executive producer on a number of her clients' projects, including film Camp Takota and YouTube Red documentary A Trip to Unicorn Island. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Anonymous Content Taps Sarah Weichel to Lead Emerging Platforms Division (Exclusive)," 13 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The cost cutting comes as H&R Block lowered its revenue projection for 2019 to just shy of $3.1 billion, while analysts were projecting up to $3.14 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "H&R Block Is Closing 400 Locations," 13 June 2018 But the keepers of the game are projecting a $1 billion bump in television, ticketing, sponsorship and merchandising sales by bloating its golden goose from 64 to 80 games. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The World Cup works fine with 32 teams, but FIFA is about to ruin it," 13 July 2018 The National Education Association, the other giant teachers union, is projecting a 14% decline in membership and is cutting its budget by $28 million. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Vindicating Justice Alito," 11 July 2018 As of Sunday, the National Hurricane Center was projecting that Chris would approach the Atlantic Ocean waters off Nova Scotia by 2 a.m. Thursday. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hurricane to hit Canada? Tropical Storm Chris aims for Atlantic provinces," 9 July 2018 The city is projecting land and improvements within TIF 5 could generate about $24 million by 2035. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "South Milwaukee looking to spend $6 million to revitalize portions of downtown, former Bucyrus property," 27 June 2018 Miller said the zoo is projecting the new nature center will open in the spring of 2020 instead of at the end of 2019. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Zoo's proposed Great Lakes Nature Center: Bigger, expensive," 23 June 2018 The state is projecting about 7,000 will return this summer. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "From bad to worse: State announces more king salmon fishing shutdowns for Susitna Valley," 22 June 2018 And now, intentionally or not, the First Lady is projecting a similar message. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Melania's "I Really Don't Care Do U?" Is The New "Let Them Eat Cake"," 21 June 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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