Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “object”

object

noun [C]  /ˈɑb·dʒɪkt, -dʒekt/ us  

object noun [C] (THING)

a thing that can be seen, held, or touched, usually not a living thing: Distant objects look blurry to me.

object noun [C] (PURPOSE)

a purpose or aim of some effort or activity: The object of the game of chess is to checkmate your opponent.

object noun [C] (particular person or thing)

the particular person or thing to which others direct thoughts, feelings, or actions: The court has been the object of recent criticism.

object noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

grammar a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that represents the person or thing toward which the action of a verb is directed or to which a preposition relates: In the sentence, "Give the book to me," "book" is the direct object of the verb "give," and "me" is the indirect object.
(Definition of object noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of object?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “object” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

debut

the occasion when someone performs or presents something to the public for the first time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More