object

object

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English

Etymology

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 gloss of Ancient Greek ἀντικείμενον (antikeímenon).

Pronunciation

  • (noun)
    • (UK) enPR: ŏb'jĕkt, IPA(key): /ˈɒb.d͡ʒɛkt/
    • (US) enPR: ŏb'jĕkt, IPA(key): /ˈɑb.d͡ʒɛkt/
  • (verb)
    • (UK, US) enPR: əb-jĕkt', IPA(key): /əbˈd͡ʒɛkt/
    • Rhymes: -ɛkt

Noun

object (plural objects)

  1. A thing that has physical existence.
  2. Objective; goal, end or purpose of something.
    • 1825, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords, Accounts and Papers, page 91:
      Money is an Object to you?
      Money is an Object to me.
      And yet you have taken no Steps to recover your Property from Mr. Dry?
      No, I have no Occasion for it.
    • 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.
  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).
  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.

Synonyms

  • (thing): article, item, thing
  • (person or thing toward which an emotion is directed): target
  • See also Thesaurus:goal

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See also

  • subject

References

  • object on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Verb

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.
  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.
    • 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.
  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

Derived terms

  • objection

Translations


Dutch

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

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

Noun

object n (plural objecten, diminutive objectje n)

  1. object, item
  2. (grammar) object

Related terms

  • objectief
  • objectiviteit
  • subject

Descendants

  • Afrikaans: objek
  • Indonesian: objek

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