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Dictionary Definition



1 a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects" [syn: physical object]
2 the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); "the sole object of her trip was to see her children" [syn: aim, objective, target]
3 (grammar) a constituent that is acted upon; "the object of the verb"
4 the focus of cognitions or feelings; "objects of thought"; "the object of my affection"


1 express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent; "She never objected to the amount of work her boss charged her with"; "When asked to drive the truck, she objected that she did not have a driver's license"
2 be averse to or express disapproval of; "My wife objects to modern furniture"

User Contributed Dictionary



obiectum, object, literally "thrown against", from obiectus, perfect passive participle of obiicere, to throw against, from ob-, against, + iacere, to throw

Pronunciation 1

  • , /ˈɒbdʒekt/, /"QbdZekt/


  1. A thing that has physical existence.
  2. 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. 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 object of his desire, was now the object of his hatred.
  5. In object-oriented programming, an instantiation of a class or structure.
Related terms
in grammar
person or thing to which an emotion is directed
  • Croatian: objekt
  • Finnish: kohde
  • Italian: oggetto
  • Japanese: 対象 (たいしょう, taishō)
  • Norwegian: gjenstand
  • Portuguese: objetivo
  • Sindhi:
in object-oriented programming
  • Croatian: objekt
  • Dutch: object
  • Finnish: olio
  • Hebrew: אוביקט
  • Italian: oggetto
  • Japanese: オブジェクト
  • Norwegian: objekt
See also

Pronunciation 2

  • , /əbˈdʒekt/, /@b"dZekt/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛkt


  1. To disagree with something or someone; to raise an objection.
Derived terms
disagree with something or someone

Extensive Definition

Object may refer to,
Popular culture
object in Danish: Objekt
object in German: Objekt
object in Estonian: Objekt
object in Esperanto: Objekto
object in French: Objet
object in Galician: Obxecto
object in Korean: 객체
object in Ido: Objekto
object in Dutch: Object
object in Japanese: オブジェクト
object in Polish: Obiekt
object in Romanian: Obiect (dezambiguizare)
object in Simple English: Object
object in Slovenian: Predmet
object in Finnish: Objekti
object in Swedish: Objekt
object in Ukrainian: Об'єкт

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