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

Well, Emma's caption mentions Tom’s upcoming project Origin, a YouTube original series that follows the story of humans colonizing the only planet that can sustain life. Nicole Weaver, Teen Vogue, "Emma Watson and Tom Felton Held a "Harry Potter" Reunion," 8 Nov. 2018 Which is why the previous record for proximity to the Suns has stood since 1976 when an American-West German joint project known as Helios 2 got within 27 million miles of our star. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Probe Gets Closer to Sun Than Any Human-Made Object in History," 30 Oct. 2018 In 2019, the Girls First Fund will support projects in six countries around the world: Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, India, Nepal, Niger and Uganda. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "New Charity VOW Partners With the Wedding Industry to End Child Marriage," 29 Oct. 2018 And later this month, we'll be glued to our sectionals watching her next project, Dirty John. Lindsey Benoit O'connell, Redbook, "Connie Britton Shares Her Rules for a Totally Chill Holiday Season," 29 Oct. 2018 Specifically, ones that can tackle projects big enough to carry a series. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "You Could Become the Next Big HGTV Star—Here's How," 28 Oct. 2018 When tasked with creating a digital journalism project as a student, Shona created a website and community for skyborns, and researched the history of births like hers. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Happens to Babies Born on Planes," 26 Oct. 2018 BepiColombo, a European-Japanese project that will be just the third mission to study the solar system's innermost planet, launches tonight (Oct. 19) from Kourou, French Guiana, aboard an Ariane 5 ECA rocket. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "BepiColombo, the First Mercury Mission in 14 Years, Launches Tonight — Watch Live!," 19 Oct. 2018 The organization aims to empower and promote youth projects and ideas. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "These Princess Beatrice Facts Prove She's One Interesting Royal," 12 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Updated on Thursday, November 6, at 10:30 P.M.: Democrats and Republicans are still both gaining seats in the House as the 2018 midterms unfold, but Democrats are now projected to take control, as CNN noted. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "2018 Midterm Congressional Election Results: Which Party Is Winning the House and the Senate?," 7 Nov. 2018 The Huskies also did a good job inside against WKU center Charles Bassey, a 6-11 freshman who is projected to be a NBA draft lottery pick next summer. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Three takeaways from Washington’s 73-55 season-opening win over Western Kentucky," 7 Nov. 2018 Two Native American women will be serving in the House, as well: New Mexico’s Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, who is projected to win in Kansas. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "10 Good Things That Came Out of the Midterm Elections," 7 Nov. 2018 In June, the South China Morning Post reported 29,000 cars are projected to traverse the bridge daily by 2030, although recent forecasts have estimated considerably less traffic in the immediate future. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "China Opens Gargantuan 34-Mile Mega Bridge," 23 Oct. 2018 The patterns from the second mirror are either viewed directly or are projected onto a screen for someone to view. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Humans can perform ghost imaging, no computer required," 4 Sep. 2018 In fact, if Franklin's face wasn't projected onto the screen behind Madonna, this wouldn't have felt like a tribute at all. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Madonna Just Responded to the Backlash Over Her Aretha Franklin Speech at the VMAs," 21 Aug. 2018 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

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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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