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object

noun uk   /ˈɒb.dʒɪkt/ us    /ˈɑːb-/

object noun (THING)

B1 [C] a thing that you can see or touch but that is not usually a living animal, plant, or person: a solid/material/physical object a collection of precious objects Look, there's a strange object in the sky!

object noun (GRAMMAR)

B1 (written abbreviation obj) [C] specialized language a noun or noun phrase that is affected by the action of a verb or that follows a preposition: In the sentence "I like ice cream", "ice cream" is the object of the verb "like".

object noun (PURPOSE)

C1 [C usually singular] a reason for doing something, or the result you wish to achieve by doing it: The object of their expedition was to discover the source of the River Nile. the object of the exercise the result that is wanted from an activity: In today's session, the object of the exercise is to improve your interpersonal skills.

object noun (CAUSE)

[C usually singular] someone or something that causes particular feelings in or actions by others: He became an object of ridicule among the other workers.
Grammar

object

verb [I] uk   /əbˈdʒekt/ us  
B2 to feel or express opposition to or dislike of something or someone: Would anyone object if we started the meeting now? He objects to the label 'magician' which he is often given. No one objected when the boss said it was time to go home.
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