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From Old French object, from Medieval Latin obiectum (object, literally thrown against), from obiectus, perfect passive participle of obiciō (I throw against), from ob- (against) +‎ iaciō (I throw), as a calque of Ancient Greek ἀντικείμενον (antikeímenon). Doublet of objet.


  • (noun)
    • (UK) enPR: ŏb'jĕkt, IPA(key): /ˈɒb.d͡ʒɛkt/
    • (US) enPR: ŏb'jĕkt, IPA(key): /ˈɑb.d͡ʒɛkt/
    • (file)


object (plural objects)

  1. A thing that has physical existence but is not alive.
  2. Objective; goal, end or purpose of something.
    • 1825, Accounts and Papers, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords, page 91:
      Money is an Object to you?
      Money is an Object to me.
    • 1860, Thomas Fenner Curtis, The Progress of Baptist Principles in the Last Hundred Years, page 161:
      And yet it may be proper to show that if time were an object, little, if any thing, would necessarily be gained by sprinkling in place of immersion, where a large number had to be baptized.
    • 1863, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons, Reports from Committees, page 240:
      [] to secure first-class men you must either hold out a temptation of money, if money is an object to them, or if it is not, then after a certain number of years' service, perhaps, some honour to be bestowed upon them; one or the other, I think, ought to be given to secure the best men that you can.
    • 1877, South Australia. Parliament, Proceedings of the Parliament of South Australia: With Copies of Documents Ordered to be Printed ..., page 29:
      I think, if a captain had plenty of time to spare, and was not going on to any other port, he would prefer going into harbor; but if time were an object with him, and he wished to get away as quickly as possible, he would go to the pier outside.
    • 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 instance of one of the two kinds of entities that form a category, the other kind being the arrows (also called morphisms).
    Similarly, there is a category whose objects are groups and whose arrows are the homomorphisms from one group to another.
  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.



Hyponyms of object (astronomy)
Hyponyms of object (object-oriented programming)

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object (third-person singular simple present objects, present participle objecting, simple past and past participle objected)

  1. (intransitive) To disagree with or oppose something or someone; (especially in a Court of Law) to raise an objection.
    I object to the proposal to build a new airport terminal.
    We strongly object to sending her to jail for ten years.
    • 1975, Yao (孟瑤) Meng, “Homeward Bound”, in An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Literature: Taiwan, 1949-1974[1], volume 2, Taipei: China Printing, Ltd., →OCLC, page 33:
      “It’s only a few minutes from Nankang to Hsichih, my friends. Kindly make room for the lady,” the driver was all unctuous smiles, and spoke as though nobody was going to object after he had given the word.
  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: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [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?
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, “Book VI, Canto VII”, in The Faerie Queene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC:
      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.
    • 1571, John Whitgift, Admonition to the Parliament:
      The book [] giveth liberty to object any crime against any such as are to be ordered.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To set before or against; to bring into opposition; to oppose.

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From Middle French [Term?], from Old French object, from Latin obiectum.


  • IPA(key): /ɔpˈjɛkt/, /ɔˈbjɛkt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ob‧ject


object n (plural objecten, diminutive objectje n)

  1. object, item
  2. (grammar) object

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  • Afrikaans: objek
  • Indonesian: objek