From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
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objectob‧ject1 /ˈɒbdʒɪkt $ ˈɑːb-/ ●●● S2 W2 noun 1 thing [countable]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) UFOsee thesaurus at thing2 aim [singular]PURPOSE the purpose of a plan, action, or activitygoal, aimobject 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 etc4 money/expense is no object5 object lesson6 grammar [countable] a) SLGa noun or pronoun representing the person or thing that something is done to, for example ‘the house’ in ‘We built the house.’ SYN direct object b) SLGa 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) SLGthe person who is involved in the result of an action, for example ‘her’ in ‘I gave her the book.’ SYN indirect object, → subject7 computer [countable] 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
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objectBut we also brought food, stones found along the way, wild flowers, and objects from our personal belongings.An art object is especially difficult for the critic, as there are many ways in which its description can be approached.Children should be able to point to each object as they count it.The sculpture is made from objects he found on beaches in Mexico.After his stroke, he was able to name inanimate objects like saws and shovels, but unable to name most living things.It is these muscles which make it possible to stand up straight and bend over to lift objects.The best approach is therefore for a document processing system to allow the user to define and use logical objects.It examines some respects in which software is both like and unlike traditional museum objects.The infant has no concept of objects.Deferred imitation is the imitation of objects and events that have not been present for some time.This enables messages sent from the object database to access information stored in the Sybase system.In this game the object is to score as many points as you can in the time given.The object of the exercise is to keep kids in school, rather than leaving without graduating.The object of the search was to find a small plane that has been missing for two days.inanimate objectsThe Minoans also regarded certain inanimate objects as incarnations of a deity.His world was filled with copulating inanimate objects and people getting their faces ripped off.Frankly, I never used to feel guilty about disappointing inanimate objects.It forces them to tease out information from inanimate objects.This makes the study of human beings different from that of animals and of inanimate objects.Only the inanimate objects in view were registered on the plates.If either of these inanimate objects knows you are going to dump it, it will turn on you.The distinction applies to nouns which refer to animate beings as well as those which refer to inanimate objects.the object of the exercisePupils will benefit, and that must be the object of the exercise.The changes will benefit the customer most, and that is, of course, the object of the exercise.Hollows attract water, which obviously defeats the object of the exercise: to create a waterproof hat.This defeats the object of the exercise.We are not convinced that the object of the exercise is to make yet more people to become like ourselves!Usually the object of the exercise is to shock, disgust or humiliate the unwilling audience, rather than injure.
objectob‧ject2 /əbˈdʒekt/ ●●○ W3 verb 1 [intransitive]PROTESTAGAINST/OPPOSE 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) something 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.see thesaurus at complainGrammarYou object to something: She objected to my suggestion. Don’t say: She objected my suggestion.2 [transitive]COMPLAIN to state a fact or opinion as a reason for opposing or disapproving of somethingobject that The group objected that the policy would prevent patients from receiving the best treatment. ‘My name’s not Sonny, ’ the child objected. objector→ See Verb table
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objectHis supporters will certainly object if he is fired.Will she object if I use her laptop?Rebecca objects to being told what to do.By July they were objecting to overseas service at all.But I have met many who objected to the kind of society it has created because of its injustice and inhumanity.Britain also objected to the new directive on maternity leave.Human rights groups object to the proposed 50 percent reduction in the number of refugees who could be admitted to the country.The committee strongly objected to the report's recommendations.Does anyone object to these proposals?Local plans on the other hand can be objected to.I objectIf demand is higher than expected, can I object if the manufacturer asks another producer also to make the same product?I have never smoked and I object to being poisoned by other people's indulgence.What I object to is the craze for machinery, not machinery as such.But what I objected to most was the all too often blanket opposition to change.That is why I objected to the assurance with which the hon. Member for Ryedale was arguing that this would happen.Secondly, I object to the marching.It was not that I objected to the public baths.It was not so much the right hon. Gentleman's arrogance to which I objected - we are accustomed to that.object thatSecond, everything you draw is an object that can be selected, moved, reshaped or deleted independently of the rest.What was similar about the objects that floated?But the objects that physicists study are still basically simple objects.In his left hand he held a red object that Quinn could not identify.This makes a composite object that results from subtracting the area that the two shapes overlap.The Government may object that the figures will never be perfect.A delegate rose to object that the vote was meaningless.Some one will object that this worry is illusory because the Federal Reserve can always rescue us with easier monetary policy.A die and a template are both markers used for forming objects that will ultimately disintegrate.
From King Business Dictionaryobjectob‧ject1 /əbˈdʒekt/ verb [intransitive] to complain or protest about something, or to feel that you oppose it or disapprove of itThe mayor considered contracting out garbage collection, but the unions objected.object toThe banks objected to the proposal fiercely.objection noun [countable, uncountable]The creditors raised no objection to the deadline extension.objector noun [countable]There are few objectors to the proposal amongst private investors.→ See Verb tableobjectob‧ject2 /ˈɒbdʒektˈɑːb-/ noun [countable]1a solid thing, especially something you can hold or touchThe firms sell products ranging from art objects to vintage cars.2the intended result of a plan, action, activity, or documentSYNAIM, OBJECTIVEOur object is to keep costs down.object ofThe object of a contract of sale is to transfer the property from the seller to the buyer.Applying for extra amounts in loans defeats the object (=does not have the intended result), because the students then get themselves further into debt.3objects [plural]COMMERCE the things that a company has been formed to do and the types of goods or services that it has been formed to deal inThe objects of a business dictate what sort of organisation structure it needs.4money/expense is no object used to say that you do not care how much money is spent on somethingIt would appear that money is no object for the people behind this offer.5COMPUTING a combination of DATA (=written information) and instructions acting on the data, for example in the form of a document or a picturemultimedia data objectsOrigin object1 (1300-1400) Medieval Latin objectum, from Latin obicere; OBJECT2 object2 (1400-1500) Latin past participle of obicere to throw in the way, prevent, object, from jacere to throw