object meaning

[ 'ɔbdʒikt ] Pronunciation:   "object" in a sentence
Noun: object  óbjukt [N. Amer], 'óbjekt [Brit]
  1. A tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
    "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
    - 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"
    - 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" 
  5. (computing) a discrete item that provides a description of virtually anything known to a computer
    "in object-oriented programming, objects include data and define its status, its methods of operation and how it interacts with other objects"
Verb: object  ób'jekt
  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 licence" 
  2. Be averse to or express disapproval of
    "My wife objects to modern furniture"

Derived forms: objects, objected, objecting

See also: objectify, objection, objector

Type of: be, cognitive content, computer science, computing, constituent, content, disapprove, end, goal, grammatical constituent, mental object, physical entity, reject

Encyclopedia: Object

noun, verb

noun /; AmE ; / [C]


a thing that can be seen and touched:

The factory produces vases and small decorative objects.

everyday objects such as cups and saucers

They plan to develop a range of smart personal objects such as alarm clocks and wristwatches.


an aim or a purpose:

Our object is to restore profitability.

The object of the exercise is to ensure the efficient use of natural resources.

What is the object of public relations in a fast-changing environment?

The objects of the society are charitable.


money/expense is no object

used to say that sth will be done however much it costs:

For some buyers, money's no object.

verb // [no obj]

to say that you disagree with, disapprove of or oppose sth:

Many local people objected to the building of the new factory.

If nobody objects, we'll postpone the meeting till next week.

objection // noun [C]:

The main objection to the plan was that it would cost too much.

No objections were raised at the time.

The proposal will go ahead despite strong objections from the public.

objector noun [C]:

There were no objectors to the plan.

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

<object-oriented> In object-oriented programming, an instance of the data structure and behaviour defined by the object's class. Each object has its own values for the instance variables of its class and can respond to the methods defined by its class.

For example, an object of the "Point" class might have instance variables "x" and "y" and might respond to the "plot" method by drawing a dot on the screen at those coordinates.


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  1. he got up onto some solid object.
  2. it was confused among many objects.
  3. what an object you look in that old hat!
  4. the spiral nebulae are impressive objects.
  5. tell me the names of the objects in this room.

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