Meaning of “project” in the English Dictionary

"project" in English

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projectnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈprɒdʒ.ekt/ us /ˈprɑː.dʒekt/

B2 a piece of planned work or an activity that is finished over a period of time and intended to achieve a particular purpose:

the Kings Cross housing project
a scientific research project
Her latest project is a film based on the life of a 19th-century music hall star.
My next project is decorating the kitchen.

A2 a study of a particular subject done over a period of time, especially by students:

He's doing a class project on pollution.
In our third year at college everyone had to do a special project.

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uk /prəˈdʒekt/ us /prəˈdʒekt/

project verb (THROW)

[ T ] to throw or direct something forwards, with force:

90 percent of the projected missiles will hit their target.
project your voice

to sing or speak loudly and clearly:

It's a big theatre so you really have to project your voice if you're going to be heard at the back.

project verb (MAKE AN IMAGE)

[ T ] to cause a film, image, or light to appear on a screen or other surface:

Laser images were projected onto a screen.

[ T ] specialized psychology to wrongly imagine that someone else is feeling a particular emotion or desire when in fact it is you who feels this way:

I suspect he's projecting his fears onto you.

[ T ] If you project a particular quality, that quality is what most people notice about you:

Recently the president has sought to project a much tougher image.

(Definition of “project” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈprɑdʒ·ekt, -ɪkt/

project noun (PIECE OF WORK)

[ C ] a piece of planned work or activity that is completed over a period of time and intended to achieve a particular aim:

a research project
construction projects
Painting the bedroom is Steve’s next project.

project noun (BUILDING)


us /prəˈdʒekt/

project verb (CALCULATE)

[ T ] to calculate an amount or result expected in the future from information already known:

The hotels are projecting big profits.
[ + (that) clause ] They project (that) 31 billion people will watch the World Cup.

project verb (STICK OUT)

[ I ] to stick out beyond the edge of something:

The hotel dining room projects (out) over the water.

project verb (MAKE AN IMAGE)

[ T ] to cause a picture or light to appear on a surface:

We don’t have a screen but we can project the slides onto the back wall.

project verb (THROW)

[ T ] to throw something forward or into the air:

The device allows you to scoop up a ball and project it some 140 feet.

[ T ] To project is also to speak or sing loudly and clearly:

Singers are used to projecting their voices.

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

"project" in Business English

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projectnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈprɒdʒekt/ us

a piece of planned work or an activity which is done over a period of time and intended to achieve a particular purpose:

The date for starting the project will be set once financing is completed.
set up/launch a project They set up the research project with help from the university.
fund/pay for/finance a project Two local businesses funded the project.
manage/run a project
complete/finish a project
a joint/large/major project

projectverb [ T ]

uk /prəʊˈdʒekt/ us

ECONOMICS, FINANCE to calculate an amount or number expected in the future from information already known:

The amount was less than we had projected.
The state is projecting a $275 million shortfall for the rest of the fiscal year.
be projected (to do sth) Growth rate is projected for five years.
The deficit is projected to rise to $17 million next year.
The project controller said the highway was currently seeing between 20,000 and 24,000 vehicles a day, fewer than the 26,000 originally projected.
The review projects that gas could end up accounting for more than 50% of generating supply by 2020.

to plan for sth to happen or expect sth to happen:

be projected to do sth The work is projected to start in November.

to make other people see or feel a particular quality or idea in the way you behave:

The candidate projects supreme confidence in his own views and abilities.
He was told that arriving in his Rolls-Royce might project the wrong image .

COMMUNICATIONS to cause an image to appear on a screen or surface using a projector:

project sth on/onto sth The digital video will be projected on a huge I-MAX screen.

(Definition of “project” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Institutions are important, of course they are, but institutions are instruments for achieving our goals and we should not forget the main goals of our project.
Because anyone who develops a project and has it ready will also want to start implementing it as soon as possible.
I think that we must offer guarantees for a workable project that in eleven years’ time will provide society with products that are absolutely safe.
Thank you for telling us that sometimes, wrapped up in our own problems, we lose sight of the importance of our project.
Reconstruction is a huge project.
The budget breakdown will, first of all, be based on an indicative multiannual programme for 2007–2013, which will set out the amounts allocated to each project in each period.
I then set the target of one million tonnes, and everyone said that this was impossible and that it was a crazy project!
Nonetheless, we must regret that the budget allocated to this enlargement is inadequate for the scale of the project and for our common future.
We support this clinical trials project wholeheartedly.
Only if we have devised a common project will we be ready to fully accept the basic rule of every democratic institution, which is majority voting.