object Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “object” in the English Dictionary

"object" in British English

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uk   /ˈɒb.dʒɪkt/  us   /ˈɑːb-/

object noun (THING)

B1 [C] a thing that you can ​see or ​touch but that is not usually a ​livinganimal, ​plant, or ​person: a ​solid/​material/​physical object a ​collection of ​precious objects Several ​peoplereportedseeing a ​strange object in the ​sky.
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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 ​icecream", "​icecream" is the object of the ​verb "like".
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object noun (PURPOSE)

C1 [C usually singular] a ​reason for doing something, or the ​result you ​wish to ​achieve by doing it: The object oftheirexpedition 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 ​improveyourinterpersonalskills.

object noun (CAUSE)

[C usually singular] someone or something that ​causesparticularfeelings in or ​actions by ​others: He ​became an object ofridicule among the other ​workers.

objectverb [I]

uk   us   /əbˈdʒekt/
B2 to ​feel or ​expressopposition to or ​dislike of something or someone: Would anyone object if we ​started the ​meeting now? He objects to the ​label "​magician". No one objected when the ​boss said it was ​time to go ​home.
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(Definition of object from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"object" in American English

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objectnoun [C]

 us   /ˈɑb·dʒɪkt, -dʒekt/

object noun [C] (THING)

a thing that can be ​seen, ​held, or ​touched, usually not a ​living thing: Distant objects ​lookblurry 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 ​youropponent.

object noun [C] (particular person or thing)

the ​particularperson or thing to which ​othersdirectthoughts, ​feelings, or ​actions: The ​court has been the object of ​recentcriticism.

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 ​prepositionrelates: In the ​sentence, "Give the ​book to me," "​book" is the ​direct object of the ​verb "give," and "me" is the ​indirect object.


 us   /əbˈdʒekt/

object verb (OPPOSE)

to ​feel or ​expressopposition, ​dislike, or ​disapproval: [I] I don’t ​think anyone will object to ​leaving early. [+ that clause] She objected that the ​price was too high.
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"object" in Business English

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objectnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɒbdʒɪkt/
a thing that you can see and ​hold: He ​seeks ingenious ​designsolutions for everyday objects such as ​telephones and cutlery.
something you are ​planning to do or the ​result you hope to ​achieve: Their object is to ​produce something that will be able to ​compete with the ​marketleader. The object of the ​exercise is to ​improve your ​interpersonalskills.
IT a ​piece of ​data and the ​instructions that a ​computer or a ​computerspecialistneeds to ​work with the ​data and use it with other ​software to ​buildprograms
objects [plural] COMMERCE the ​purpose of a ​business and the ​products or ​services it says it ​provides: What are the organization's ​stated objects?
defeat the object to prevent you from ​achieving the ​result you were hoping for: The ​balancetransferdeal to this ​card completely defeats the object because any ​money you ​save will be ​cancelled by the ​higherinterest on new ​purchases.
money is no object used to say that someone has enough ​money not to worry about how much something ​costs: The ​fundraisingevent is ​aimed at ​people for whom ​money is no object.

objectverb [I]

uk   us   /əbˈdʒekt/
to say that you ​disagree with something or disapprove of it: His ​attorneysasked for more ​time to ​file pleadings and U.S. ​prosecutors did not object.object to sth If the City does not like the ​impact on ​borrowingcosts, it can hardly object to the ​taxreforms. Several ​members of the ​board strongly objected to the ​proposedmerger.object that Some ​unions object that ​company profit-sharing ​schemes merely ​hold down basic ​pay.
(Definition of object from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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