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object

Overview

This page has 12 definitions of object in English and Dutch, Flemish. Object is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use object in a sentence are shown. Also define these 26 related words and terms: thing, physical, existence, objective, goal, end, purpose, grammar, noun phrase, complement, verb phrase, prepositional phrase, transitive, instantiation, class, structure, category theory, element, category, function, disagree, oppose, raise, objection, object, and item.

English

Etymology

From Latin obiectum (object, literally thrown against), from obiectus, perfect passive participle of obiciō (I throw against), from ob- (against) +‎ iaciō (I throw), as a gloss of Ancient Greek ἀντικείμενον (antikeímenon).

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Noun

object (plural objects)

  1. A thing that has physical existence.
  2. Objective; the goal, end or purpose of something.
    • 2000, Phyllis Barkas Goldman & John Grigni, Monkeyshines on Ancient Cultures
      The object of tlachtli was to keep the rubber ball from touching the ground while trying to push it to the opponent's endline.
  3. (grammar) The noun phrase which is an internal complement of a verb phrase or a prepositional phrase. In a verb phrase with a transitive action verb, it is typically the receiver of the action.
  4. A person or thing toward which an emotion is directed.
    Mary Jane had been the object of Peter's affection for years.
    The convertible, once the object of his desire, was now the object of his hatred.
    Where's your object of ridicule now?
  5. (object-oriented programming) An instantiation of a class or structure.
  6. (category theory) An element within a category upon which functions operate. Thus, a category consists of a set of element objects and the functions that operate on them.
    • Category Theory definition
      A branch of mathematics which deals with spaces and maps between them in abstraction, taking similar theorems from various disparate more concrete branches of mathematics and unifying them.
  7. (obsolete) Sight; show; appearance; aspect.
    • c. 1610s, George Chapman, Batrachomyomachia
      He, advancing close / Up to the lake, past all the rest, arose / In glorious object.

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Verb

object (third-person singular simple present objects, present participle objecting, simple past and past participle objected)

  1. (intransitive) To disagree with or oppose something or someone; (especially in a Court of Law) to raise an objection.
    I object to the proposal to build a new airport terminal.
    We strongly object to sending her to jail for ten years.
    • Oppose definition
      To attempt to stop the progression of; to resist or antagonize by physical means, or by arguments, etc.; to contend against. (1 of 4 oppose definitions)
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To offer in opposition as a criminal charge or by way of accusation or reproach; to adduce as an objection or adverse reason.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To set before or against; to bring into opposition; to oppose.

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Dutch

Etymology

From Middle French [Term?], from Old French object, from Latin obiectum.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɔpˈjɛkt/, /ɔˈbjɛkt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ob‧ject

Noun

object n (plural objecten, diminutive objectje n)

  1. object, item
  2. (grammar) object

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