ob|ject1 W2S3 [ˈɔbdʒıkt US ˈa:b-] n
3 an object of pity/desire/ridicule etc
4 money/expense is no object
5 object lesson
[Date: 1300-1400; : Medieval Latin; Origin: objectum, from Latin obicere; OBJECT2]
1.) ¦(THING)¦
a solid thing that you can hold, touch, or see but that is not alive
an everyday object such as a spoon
a small metal object
scientists studying plants, animals, or inanimate objects (=things that are not alive)
2.) ¦(AIM)¦ [singular]
the purpose of a plan, action, or activity
→↑goal, aim ↑aim object of
The object of the game is to improve children's math skills.
My object was to explain the decision simply.
The customer will benefit most, and that is the object of the exercise (=the purpose of what you are doing) .
3.) an object of pity/desire/ridicule etc
someone or something that is pitied, wanted etc
She feared becoming an object of ridicule.
sports cars and other objects of desire
an object of study
4.) money/expense is no object
used to say that you are willing to spend a lot of money to get something
Money's no object; I want the best.
5.) object lesson
an event or story that shows you the right or wrong way of doing something
object lesson in
The way ants work is an object lesson in order and organization.
6.) ¦(GRAMMAR)¦
a) a noun or pronoun representing the person or thing that something is done to, for example 'the house' in 'We built the house.'
b) a noun or pronoun representing the person or thing that is joined by a ↑preposition to another word or phrase, for example 'the table' in 'He sat on the table.'
c) the person who is involved in the result of an action, for example 'her' in 'I gave her the book.'
7.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦
a combination of written information on a computer and instructions that act on the information, for example in the form of a document or a picture
multimedia data objects
HINT sense 2
Do not use object to mean 'the thing you are working towards and hope to achieve'. Use objective: We have not yet achieved our objective (NOT our object).
object 2
ob|ject2 S2 [əbˈdʒekt] v
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of obicere 'to throw in the way, prevent, object', from jacere 'to throw']
1.) [I]
to feel or say that you oppose or disapprove of something
If no one objects, I would like Mrs Harrison to be present.
object to (doing) sth
Robson strongly objected to the terms of the contract.
I objected to having to rewrite the article.
I object
(=used in formal arguments, for example in a court of law)
Mr. Chairman, I object. That is an unfair allegation.
2.) [T]
to state a fact or opinion as a reason for opposing or disapproving of something
object that
The group objected that the policy would prevent patients from receiving the best treatment.
'My name's not Sonny,' the child objected.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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