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

The Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island Foundation, which was created in 1982 to raise funds to restore the Statue, recruited von Furstenberg to its board to help bring in the money needed for the massive project. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "So This Explains Why Diane von Furstenberg Dressed as the Statue of Liberty for the 2019 Met Gala," 14 May 2019 Microsoft’s newfound infatuation with open-source projects is spawning an unexpected love child that might just bring a tear to the eyes of PC veterans. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft revives PowerToys with open-source tools for Windows 10 power users," 8 May 2019 For this project, the couple, who collect contemporary art by the likes of Vik Muniz, Jim Dine, and Chuck Close, entrusted Krakoff to fashion a family getaway that reflects its setting. Vicky Lowry, ELLE Decor, "Delphine Krakoff Crafts a Magical Beachfront Retreat in Miami," 16 Apr. 2019 Her big break comes when local businessman Nick (Matthew) hires her for a project. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Everything We Know About Hallmark Christmas Movies for 2019," 17 Mar. 2019 Though there's no other information available so far besides the title and a release date of April 17, the Beyhive immediately started to draw connections between the project and the Lemonade singer. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "It Sure Looks Like Netflix Just Announced a Beyoncé Special," 8 Apr. 2019 The network dropped the 54-year-old actress, who played Abigail Stanton on the show, from all upcoming projects, and Hearties have been without Hope Valley ever since. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Who Will Replace Lori Loughlin on 'When Calls the Heart?' Here Are 6 Popular Theories," 31 Mar. 2019 The Department of Defense inspector general cites a lack of a single manager to oversee the project, and a lack of coordination between agencies involved. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Having Trouble With Its 'Base in a Box'," 2 Jan. 2019 Aurora, a startup co-founded by the former leaders of Google's self-driving car project and Tesla's Autopilot program, hasn't announced a specific launch date. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And projected employment growth across all occupations is 7.4 percent. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 The Journal Gazette reports Indiana's sales and income taxes grew during fiscal year 2018, but corporate tax revenues were $318 million less than the previous year and $100 million less than projected. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Indiana collected less corporate taxes in fiscal year 2018," 13 July 2018 Now the White House Council of Economic Advisers is projecting further health care savings. James Freeman, WSJ, "Will Republicans Start Winning on Health Care?," 14 Feb. 2019 The Atlanta Fed is now projecting 4.47 GDP growth for the next quarter. Fox News, "President Trump talks Kavanaugh controversy, Russia probe," 20 Sep. 2018 Inside EVs is projecting that plug-in electric vehicles sales will hit 325,000 this year, a 60 percent increase. Rani Molla, Recode, "10 charts that sum up 2018 (so far)," 13 Aug. 2018 Scientists say figuring out the ocean physics is far less of a challenge than projecting the biological ramifications. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 Young employees who push too hard risk derailing their careers by projecting a sense of entitlement. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Office Rookies Who Ask for the World," 8 Apr. 2019 There's speculation as to whether the rosy middle gem is a ruby, pink diamond, or pink sapphire, and therefore various experts are projecting different estimates for its possible value. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katy Perry's Engagement Ring from Orlando Bloom Has a Surprising Link to Princess Diana," 16 Feb. 2019

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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 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

project

transitive verb
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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