Definition of project noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprɒdʒekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːdʒekt//
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    planned work
  1. 1  a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something a research project a building project to set up a project to computerize the library system
  2. school/college work
  3. 2  a piece of work involving careful study of a subject over a period of time, done by school or college students a history project The final term will be devoted to project work. See related entries: School life
  4. set of aims/activities
  5. 3a set of aims, ideas or activities that somebody is interested in or wants to bring to people’s attention The party attempted to assemble its aims into a focussed political project.
  6. housing
  7. 4(North American English) = housing project Going into the projects alone is dangerous.
  8. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘preliminary design, tabulated statement’): from Latin projectum ‘something prominent’, neuter past participle of proicere ‘throw forth’, from pro- ‘forth’ + jacere ‘to throw’. Early senses of the verb were ‘plan’ and ‘cause to move forward’.Extra examples He embarked on an ambitious project to translate all the works of Plato. He needed some financial assistance from the bank to get his project off the ground. My class is doing a project on medieval towns. The aims of the project are threefold… The project aims to reduce homelessness. The scheme will be extended throughout the country after a successful six-month pilot project. The wedding became her pet project, and she spent hours organizing it. They’ve set up a research project to investigate the harmful effects of air pollution. Going into the projects alone can be dangerous. He’s working on a research project in the department of social sciences. She lives in a housing project on the edge of town. The proposed reform project contains some interesting ideas. We must try to bring all these elements into a focused political project. We want to set up a project to computerize the library system.
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