object

noun
ob·​ject | \ ˈäb-jikt How to pronounce object (audio) , -(ˌ)jekt How to pronounce object (audio) \

Definition of object

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : something material that may be perceived by the senses I see an object in the distance.
b : something that when viewed stirs a particular emotion (such as pity) Look on the tragic loading of this bed … the object poisons sight; let it be hid.— William Shakespeare
2a : something mental or physical toward which thought, feeling, or action is directed an object for study the object of my affection delicately carved art objects
b : something physical that is perceived by an individual and becomes an agent for psychological identification The mother is the primary object of the child.
3a : the goal or end of an effort or activity : purpose, objective Their object is to investigate the matter thoroughly. The object of the game is to score the most points.
b : a cause for attention or concern Money is no object.
4 : a thing that forms an element of or constitutes the subject matter of an investigation or science objects of study
5a : a noun or noun equivalent (such as a pronoun, gerund, or clause) denoting the goal or result of the action of a verb (such as ball in I hit the ball)
b : a noun or noun equivalent in a prepositional phrase (such as table in on the table)
6a : a data structure in object-oriented programming that can contain functions (see function entry 1 sense 7) as well as constants, variables, and other data structures
b : a discrete entity (such as a window or icon) in computer graphics (see graphic entry 2 sense 2b) that can be manipulated independently of other such entities

object

verb
ob·​ject | \ əb-ˈjekt How to pronounce object (audio) \
objected; objecting; objects

Definition of object (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to put forth in opposition or as an objection objected that the statement was misleading

intransitive verb

1 : to oppose something firmly and usually with words or arguments
2 : to feel distaste for something

object

adjective
\ ˈäb-jikt How to pronounce object (audio) , -(ˌ)jekt How to pronounce object (audio) \

Definition of object (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or being object code an object file

Other Words from object

Noun

objectless \ ˈäb-​jikt-​ləs How to pronounce object (audio) , -​(ˌ)jekt-​ \ adjective
objectlessness noun

Verb

objector \ əb-​ˈjek-​tər How to pronounce object (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for object

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Noun

intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal mean what one intends to accomplish or attain. intention implies little more than what one has in mind to do or bring about. announced his intention to marry intent suggests clearer formulation or greater deliberateness. the clear intent of the statute purpose suggests a more settled determination. being successful was her purpose in life design implies a more carefully calculated plan. the order of events came by accident, not design aim adds to these implications of effort directed toward attaining or accomplishing. her aim was to raise film to an art form end stresses the intended effect of action often in distinction or contrast to the action or means as such. willing to use any means to achieve his end object may equal end but more often applies to a more individually determined wish or need. his constant object was the achievement of pleasure objective implies something tangible and immediately attainable. their objective is to seize the oil fields goal suggests something attained only by prolonged effort and hardship. worked years to reach her goals

Examples of object in a Sentence

Noun There were three objects in the box: a comb, a pen, and a button. His object is to determine how much the business will cost to operate. Verb No one objected when the paintings were removed. “We can't buy the chair,” he objected. “It won't fit in the car.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Louis Vuitton introduced the first of these pieces in 2012 and now calls them Objets Nomades—a name chosen because each object is in some way inspired by travel, harkening back to those original trunks. Christina Binkley, Robb Report, 27 Nov. 2021 The object of the game is to complete Santa’s Christmas List, which has been destroyed. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 23 Nov. 2021 While driving north on Route 91 near the University School entrance around 8 p.m. on Oct. 26, an unknown object in the roadway flattened an officer’s tire, with a tow back to the police department arranged. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2021 Early on, the human object of her obsession on Monday was likely to be discarded by Tuesday. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 The object is to achieve a certain speed — not necessarily a fast one — by adjusting the positions of the rails. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Nov. 2021 Officials said that on seven different occasions, Ayala caused bodily injury to the children by striking them with his hands, a towel, a flashlight, a penny, a hose, a wire, a belt, a phone and an unknown object. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Oct. 2021 The energy signal is unlike any phenomenon studied before and could suggest a previously unknown stellar object, according to a new study. Katie Hunt, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 China has issued stiff condemnation over the revelation of a U.S. nuclear submarine was in the South China Sea after the vessel collided with an unknown object. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 8 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Because the monitoring software is installed on company computers, employees who object may have limited options beyond complaining or finding another job. Don Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 Employees who object to being vaccinated may be exempted only for religious or medical reasons as allowed by law, the letter states. cleveland, 5 Nov. 2021 Many of the people who object to the vaccine for religious reasons cite the use of aborted fetal cells in the development of the vaccines as a reason to oppose them. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 30 Oct. 2021 The Archbishop for the Military Services said Catholic U.S. service members who object to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine based on their conscience should not be punished. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 Unions that represent pilots at American and Southwest Airlines Co. have said there could be problems over the busy holiday season if pilots who object to vaccination are terminated, leading to staffing shortages. Alison Sider, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2021 In one line of cases, the Court has ruled in favor of employers who object to having to pay for their employees’ contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021 With the Taliban in power, who object to mixed education and education of girls more broadly, there is an ongoing threat to education itself. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 What’s happening in California is the future of the country, unless the majority of Americans who object to the insanity find the courage to contradict the most sacred of politically correct edicts. Inez Stepman, National Review, 18 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One of these, game playing, combines social, locomotive and object play. Caitlin O'connell, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2021 But just shooting an object head-on without any movement is very dull. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 1 July 2021 But Democrats can’t really object, given their past positions. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, 15 Sep. 2019 Other Apple products potentially on the way include a redesigned MacBook Pro with a 16-inch screen, and a new AR-friendly object tracker similar to Tile’s Bluetooth trackers. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, 9 Sep. 2019 Opponents object to local and state government actions as much as to Rockwool itself. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, 9 June 2019 In theory, the tributaries would converge on a handful of top-layer neurons, which would represent sound or object categories. Quanta Magazine, 4 Dec. 2014 But a key difference is that these are entirely in 3D and are deployed with a much smarter sense of spatial and object recognition, thanks to Google’s advances in artificial intelligence. Casey Newton, The Verge, 10 Oct. 2018 In South Korea, where the government of President Moon Jae-in has been pushing for the détente between the United States and North Korea, officials did not object outright to Mr. Trump’s surprise announcement about military drills. Motoko Rich, New York Times, 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of object

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for object

Noun

Middle English object, objecte "something presented to the senses, purpose, objection," borrowed from Latin objectum "something presented to the senses, charge, accusation" (Medieval Latin also, "something presented to the mind, goal, aim"), noun derivative from neuter of objectus, past participle of obicere, objicere "to throw in the way, place against, put forward, present (to the eyes, mind, etc.), cite as a ground for disapproval," from ob- "against, in the way" + jacere "to throw, cast" — more at ob-, jet entry 3

Verb

Middle English objecten, in part borrowed from Latin objectus, past participle of obicere, objicere "to throw in the way, put forward, cite as a ground for disapproval or criticism," in part borrowed from Latin objectāre "to throw before, put in the way, cite as a ground for disapproval," frequentative of obicere — more at object entry 1

Adjective

from attributive use of object entry 1

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The first known use of object was in the 14th century

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object

noun

English Language Learners Definition of object

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a thing that you can see and touch and that is not alive
: someone or something that makes you feel a specified emotion
: someone or something that your attention or interest is directed toward

object

verb

English Language Learners Definition of object (Entry 2 of 2)

: to disagree with something or oppose something
: to say (something that explains why you oppose something or disagree)

object

noun
ob·​ject | \ ˈäb-jikt How to pronounce object (audio) \

Kids Definition of object

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that may be seen or felt Tables and chairs are objects.
2 : purpose, aim The object is to raise money.
3 : something that arouses feelings in an observer That diamond is the object of their envy.
4 : a noun or a term behaving like a noun that receives the action of a verb or completes the meaning of a preposition

object

verb
ob·​ject | \ əb-ˈjekt How to pronounce object (audio) \
objected; objecting

Kids Definition of object (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to offer or mention as a reason for a feeling of disapproval She objected that the price was too high.
2 : to oppose something firmly and usually with words Surely her mother would not object to a nutritious hard-boiled egg.— Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby, Age 8

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Verb

object and protest mean to oppose something by arguing against it. object is used of a person's great dislike or hatred. I object to being called a liar. protest is used for the act of presenting objections in speech, writing, or in an organized, public demonstration. There were several groups protesting the building of the airport.

object

noun
ob·​ject | \ ˈäb-(ˌ)jekt, -jikt How to pronounce object (audio) \

Medical Definition of object

1 : something material that may be perceived by the senses
2 : something mental or physical toward which thought, feeling, or action is directed

object

noun
ob·​ject | \ ˈäb-jikt How to pronounce object (audio) \

Legal Definition of object

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something toward which thought, feeling, or action is directed — see also natural object
2 : the purpose or goal of something especially, in the civil law of Louisiana : the purpose for which a contract or obligation is formed

object

transitive verb
ob·​ject | \ əb-ˈjekt How to pronounce object (audio) \

Legal Definition of object (Entry 2 of 2)

: to state in opposition or as an objection objected that the evidence was inadmissible

intransitive verb

: to state opposition especially to something in a judicial proceeding objected to the testimony on the ground that it was hearsay

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