1. anything that is visible or tangible and is relatively stable in form.
  2. a thing, person, or matter to which thought or action is directed: an object of medical investigation.
  3. the end toward which effort or action is directed; goal; purpose: Profit is the object of business.
  4. a person or thing with reference to the impression made on the mind or the feeling or emotion elicited in an observer: an object of curiosity and pity.
  5. anything that may be apprehended intellectually: objects of thought.
  6. Optics. the thing of which a lens or mirror forms an image.
  7. Grammar. (in many languages, as English) a noun, noun phrase, or noun substitute representing by its syntactical position either the goal of the action of a verb or the goal of a preposition in a prepositional phrase, as ball in John hit the ball, Venice in He came to Venice, coin and her in He gave her a coin.Compare direct object, indirect object.
  8. Digital Technology.
    1. any item that can be individually selected or manipulated, as a picture, data file, or piece of text.
    2. in object-oriented programming, a self-contained entity that consists of both data and operations to manipulate the data.
  9. Metaphysics. something toward which a cognitive act is directed.

verb (used without object)

  1. to offer a reason or argument in opposition.
  2. to express or feel disapproval, dislike, or distaste; be averse.
  3. to refuse or attempt to refuse to permit some action, speech, etc.

verb (used with object)

  1. to state, claim, or cite in opposition; put forward in objection, disagreement, or disapproval: Some people objected that the proposed import duty would harm world trade.
  2. Archaic. to bring forward or adduce in opposition.


  1. a tangible and visible thing
  2. a person or thing seen as a focus or target for feelings, thought, etcan object of affection
  3. an aim, purpose, or objective
  4. informal a ridiculous or pitiable person, spectacle, etc
  5. philosophy that towards which cognition is directed, as contrasted with the thinking subject; anything regarded as external to the mind, esp in the external world
  6. grammar a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase whose referent is the recipient of the action of a verbSee also direct object, indirect object
  7. grammar a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that is governed by a preposition
  8. no object not a hindrance or obstaclemoney is no object
  9. computing a self-contained identifiable component of a software system or designobject-oriented programming


  1. (tr; takes a clause as object) to state as an objectionhe objected that his motives had been good
  2. (intr often foll by to) to raise or state an objection (to); present an argument (against)

n.late 14c., “tangible thing, something perceived or presented to the senses,” from Medieval Latin objectum “thing put before” (the mind or sight), noun use of neuter of Latin obiectus “lying before, opposite” (as a noun in classical Latin, “charges, accusations”), past participle of obicere “to present, oppose, cast in the way of,” from ob “against” (see ob-) + iacere “to throw” (see jet (v.)). Sense of “thing aimed at” is late 14c. No object “not a thing regarded as important” is from 1782. As an adjective, “presented to the senses,” from late 14c. Object lesson “instruction conveyed by examination of a material object” is from 1831. v.c.1400, “to bring forward in opposition,” from Old French objecter and directly from Latin obiectus, past participle of obiectare “to cite as grounds for disapproval, set against, oppose,” literally “to put or throw before or against,” frequentative of obicere (see object (n.)). Related: Objected; objecting. A part of a sentence; a noun, pronoun, or group of words that receives or is affected by the action of a verb. (See direct object, indirect object, and objective case.) see money is no object.

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