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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/
  • (verb)
    • (UK, US) enPR: əb-jĕkt', IPA(key): /əbˈd͡ʒɛkt/
    • Rhymes: -ɛkt


object (plural objects)

  1. A thing that has physical existence but is not alive.
  2. Objective; 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.
  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.


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


Derived terms


See also

  • subject


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.
  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




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


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


object n (plural objecten, diminutive objectje n)

  1. object, item
  2. (grammar) object

Related terms

  • objectief
  • objectiviteit
  • subject


  • Afrikaans: objek
  • Indonesian: objek

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