Meaning of “object” in the English Dictionary

"object" in English

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uk /ˈɒb.dʒɪkt/ us /ˈɑːb.dʒɪkt/

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 collection of precious objects
Several people reported seeing 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 ice cream", "ice cream" 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 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.



objectverb [ I ]

uk /əbˈdʒekt/ us /əbˈdʒekt/

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".
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 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.


us /əbˈdʒekt/

object verb (OPPOSE)

to feel or express opposition, dislike, or disapproval:

[ I ] I don’t think anyone will object to leaving early.
[ + that clause ] She objected that the price was too high.

(Definition of “object” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"object" in Business English

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objectnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɒbdʒɪkt/ us

a thing that you can see and hold:

He seeks ingenious design solutions 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 market leader.
The object of the exercise is to improve your interpersonal skills.

IT a piece of data and the instructions that a computer or a computer specialist needs to work with the data and use it with other software to build programs

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 balance transfer deal to this card completely defeats the object because any money you save will be cancelled by the higher interest on new purchases.
money is no object

used to say that someone has enough money not to worry about how much something costs:

The fundraising event is aimed at people for whom money is no object.

objectverb [ I ]

uk /əbˈdʒekt/ us

to say that you disagree with something or disapprove of it:

His attorneys asked 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 borrowing costs, it can hardly object to the tax reforms.
Several members of the board strongly objected to the proposed merger.
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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