• (noun)
    • (British) enPR: ŏb'jĕkt, IPA: /ˈɒb.d͡ʒɛkt/
    • (America) enPR: ŏb'jĕkt, IPA: /ˈɑb.d͡ʒɛkt/
  • (verb)
    • (British, America) enPR: əb-jĕkt', IPA: /əbˈd͡ʒɛkt/

object (plural objects)

  1. A thing that has physical existence.
  2. objective; the goal, end or purpose of something.
    • 2000, Phyllis Barkas Goldman & John Grigni, Monkeyshines on Ancient Cultures
      The object of tlachtli was to keep the rubber ball from touching the ground while trying to push it to the opponent's endline.
  3. (grammar) The noun phrase which is an internal complement of a verb phrase or a prepositional phrase. In a verb phrase with a transitive action verb, it is typically the receiver of the action.
  4. A person or thing toward which an emotion is directed.
    Mary Jane had been the object of Peter's affection for years.
    The convertible, once the object of his desire, was now the object of his hatred.
    Where's your object of ridicule now?
  5. (object-oriented programming) An instantiation of a class or structure.
  6. (category theory) An element within a category upon which function operate. Thus, a category consists of a set of element objects and the functions that operate on them.
  7. (obsolete) Sight; show; appearance; aspect.
    • c. 1610s, George Chapman, Batrachomyomachia
      He, advancing close / Up to the lake, past all the rest, arose / In glorious object.
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object (objects, present participle objecting; past and past participle objected)


  1. (intransitive) To disagree with something or someone; especially in a Court of Law, to raise an objection.
    I object to the proposal to build a new airport terminal.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To offer in opposition as a criminal charge or by way of accusation or reproach; to adduce as an objection or adverse reason.
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance)​, William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i], page 23 ↗, column 1:
      We thanke you both, yet one but flatters vs,
      As well appeareth by the cauſe you come,
      Namely, to appeale each other of high treaſon.
      Cooſin of Hereford, what doſt thou obiect
      Againſt the Duke of Norfolke, Thomas Mowbray?
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book 6, canto 7:
      He 'gan to him object his heinous Crime,
    • 1708, Joseph Addison, The Present State of the War, and the Necessity of an Augmentation
      There are others who will object the poverty of the nation.
    • The book […] giveth liberty to object any crime against such as are to be ordered.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To set before or against; to bring into opposition; to oppose.
    • early 17th century, Edward Fairfax, Godfrey of Bulloigne: or The recovery of Jerusalem.
      Of less account some knight thereto object, / Whose loss so great and harmful can not prove.
    • c. 1678, Richard Hooker, a sermon
      some strong impediment or other objecting itself
    • 1725, Homer; [William Broome], transl., “Book VIII”, in The Odyssey of Homer. […], volume II, London: Printed for Bernard Lintot, OCLC 8736646 ↗:
      Pallas to their eyes / The mist objected, and condens'd the skies.

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