Definition of “project” - English Dictionary

“project” in British 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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projectverb

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)

“project” in American English

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projectnoun

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)

projectverb

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)